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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Septic Systems
no. 21

Implement an environmentally sound management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems.
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Use a community process to address failing septic systems.

Complete Phases I and II of MN Extension's 5-step process (or equivalent data collection, task force formation, goals adoption, options exploration).
Complete Phase III (agreement on technology, legal structure).
Complete Phases IV and V (implement financing, legal structure, management).

Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   07/10/2017
Date of last report update:   07/10/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Coon Rapids building inspections division requires periodic inspections on septic systems, and often these inspections indicate connection to City sewer is required. The City's Septic Ordinance has been updated to set parameters to address a failing system. Chapter 13-500 addresses failing systems or imminent threats. The City requires a pumping report every 3 years which tells them which systems need to be hooked up. A compliance inspection is also required at time of sale for all new purchases.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/coon_rapids/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT13UT_CH13-500TESETRSYRE             view file

For more information contact:
Gregory Brady (City staff)   |   GBrady@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6475

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Date action report first entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
This is completed by the city of Austin's involvement with a Community Wastewater facilitator within the SE MN Wastewater Initiative.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
We have the rules of the MSTS 7080 to deal with any septic’s that do not pass a compliance inspection

For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff)   |   tbakken@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2375

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Date action report first entered:   03/01/2011
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood has a program that follows the five-step process for addressing failing septic systems developed by the University of Minnesota's Onsite Sewage Treatment Program. The City of Maplewood also has an ordinance regarding other aspects of Septic Systems from planning to clean up. Since these require permits, the city of Maplewood can help those involved find resources as well as proper guidelines.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/10009

For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff)   |   steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2404

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
Shoreview’s Development Ordinance regulates individual sewage treatment systems. The City’s individual sewage treatment system ordinance is consistent with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Rule 7080 requirements including inspection and service requirements. Education efforts include informing individual sewage treatment system users of the proper maintenance and use of their systems.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/comprehensive-plan/CPSanitary_Sewer.pdf

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Bloomington pending

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2018
Date of last report update:   01/29/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Bloomington had somewhere between 100 to 150 households that were actively using an ISTS systems for their household waste in the late 1980’s, according to our records . These homes were located throughout the city with the majority along the bluff region of the City and other remote areas where we do not have or access to the public systems are not attainable. These systems were tracked by the effort of both Public Works and the local Environmental Health Division.

For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff)   |   sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-4606

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Burnsville pending

Date action report first entered:   06/06/2012

Implementation details:
The City administers the SSTS program and all provisions of the 2011 SSTS Ordinance. The City has a plumbing inspector that is responsible for administering the ordinance and inspecting the SSTS systems

            view file

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Fergus Falls pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
Staff is currently researching this program.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Nick Haig, Onsite Sewage Treatment Program, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651-757/2536, nick.haig@state.mn.us, https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/subsurface-sewage-treatment-systems