The East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District is a local unit of government that is supervised by a board of five elected officials. Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are local units of government that help direct and manage natural resource programs. SWCDs originated out of the Dust Bowl days of the 1930's as local resources for the promotion and advancement of best management practices that protect and enhance our soil and water resources.
SWCDs are governed by a board of locally elected supervisors that develop policy, plans, and budgets for the district, empower and work with staff, and represent the district at meetings and other events. SWCD staff work primarily in a one-on-one basis with landowners, aiming to connect landowners with the technical and financial resources they need to put conservation practices on the land. Other conservation partners include local businesses, schools, cities, townships, lake associations, and state and federal agencies. Otter Tail County has two SWCDs that work jointly on many efforts, please contact your local office for assistance.