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OTC COLA general meeting slated for June 21

The featured speaker at the June 21 Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (OTC COLA) General Meeting at 7 p.m., at the Ottertail Community Center in Ottertail, is Moriya Rufer of RMB Laboratories. RMB Laboratories partners with OTC COLA for annual water quality testing of over 100 lakes in Otter Tail County.

Otter Tail COLA lakes have collected water quality data for many years but sometimes are unsure of how to access it or use it for better lake management. This presentation will provide lake residents with useful information on how to find and best use their lake data. Participants will be provided a one-page summary of their past lake data and then we will work through a lake diagnostic worksheet to take home with them that will guide them to the best implementation strategies for protecting or restoring their own lake.

Rufer has 14 years' experience working with lake associations, conducting lake monitoring programs and assessing lake water quality data. To date, Rufer and RMB staff have completed 451 lake reports for 15 county water plans and numerous lake summaries for lake associations. In addition, Rufer and RMB staff train over 500 volunteers annually (2007-present) through the RMB Lakes Program.

Also presenting will be Ben Underhill of East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) who will provide information about the Otter Tail River Watershed.

All Otter Tail County lake property owners are welcome to come and participate. The evening will include refreshments and door prize drawings.