West Otter Tail

Soil and Water Conservation District

218-739-4694 ext. 4 | 506 Western Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537 | Hours: 7:30AM-4:00PM Monday-Friday More...

Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance

The purpose of these grants is to restore and protect surface water quality, particularly Impaired Waters, and to supplement local efforts to sustain clean water in Minnesota, by applying existing soil erosion reduction and drainage ditch statutes.

Accelerated Implementation Grants

This CWF grant invests in building the capacity of local governments to accelerate on-the-ground projects that improve or protect water quality and perform above and beyong existing standards.

2017 AIG Grant Report

2016 AIG Grant

 SWCD Local Capacity Services

This grant targets four resource concern areas—Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients—and supports increased capacity by funding expenses in the following categories: Staffing, Cost Share/Incentives, Technology/Capital Equipment, and Operations.

Buffer Law Grant

This grant provides financial assistance to SWCD's for providing financial and technical assistance to landowner in the implmentation of MN's Buffer Law. Activities include: landowner outreach, provide financial and technical assistance to landowners, purchase equipment to support installation, provide alternative practice validations, implement the new statewide soil erosion provisions, and inventory baseline conditions where buffers already exist.

Buffer Cost Share

The funds will be distributed to soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and are to be used for cost-sharing contracts with landowners or their authorized agents to implement riparian buffers or alternative practices on public waters and public drainage ditches.

2018 Buffer Cost Share

Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. This grant is to assist with the promotion and applicaiton process in West Otter Tail County.

State of Minnesota Cost-Share Program

The State Cost-Share Program was created to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation. Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD for the implementation of BWSR-approved conservation practices. This program provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice.

Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG)

The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. Individual programs under this grant include: Comprehensive Local Water Management; Wetland Conservation Act; DNR - Shoreland Management; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Feedlot Permit Program; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Program.

2014 Wetland Conservation Act Report

Farm Bill Assistance Partnership

When it comes to establishing conservation practices and wildlife habitat on private lands, Minnesota landowners have many choices. Helping landowners understand those options and make the best choice is the primary objective of the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership. In an effort to provide unified direction in protecting and restoring Minnesota’s grasslands and wetlands, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Pheasants Forever, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have come together as a committee to provide support and guidance to the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership. This outreach effort connects eligible landowners with the agency or program that best fits their operation.

Conservation Delivery

Conservation Delivery Grants provide each Soil and Water Conservation District with funds for the general administration and operation of the district. The grants are intended to provide districts a certain degree of funding stability.

Easement Delivery & Implementation

BWSR is authorized to grant funds for Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve administration to SWCDs under Minnesota Statutes 103C.401, subd. 4. The RIM Services Grant is considered as support to assist SWCDs with the implementation costs associated with the easement program. Administration and other related expenses include: Attend training sessions, Promoting the RIM program, Conducting screening committee meetings, Encouraging enrollment, Application and easement processing, Conducting on-site investigations and spot-checks, Submitting summaries and reports. 

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