Otter Tail County and area counties are adopting the philosophy of “one watershed, one plan.”

This plan is intended to utilize the existing structures of county government, soil and water conservation districts and watershed districts while increasing collaboration across county lines.

“We’ll work to prevent erosion, ensure continued soil productivity, protect water quality, reduce damages caused by floods, preserve wildlife and protect public lands,” said County Land and Resource Director Bill Kalar, at the Dec. 19 county board meeting.

Counties work in association with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).

Advisory committees meet periodically to provide technical support and make recommendations. Elected officials from Otter Tail County and adjoining counties have representation on the committees.