Because our natural resources (soil, water and air) are so fragile and easily degraded, it is the mission of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District to promote the wise and proper use of all natural resources within the District. We strive to achieve this goal for the economic, environmental and aesthetic betterment of all.
The West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District is a local unit of government that is supervised by a board of five elected officials. SWCD's were created as a result of the dust bowl era to help private landowners incorporate best management practices on their land. The SWCD focuses on local assistance which ranges from working with individual landowners to federal agencies along with other units of government such as counties, cities, townships and watershed districts. The SWCD offers many services such as technical and financial assistance, project design and installation of conservation practices.