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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.
  Best Practice Action 4      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ]       [all actions]

Adopt a subsurface sewage treatment system ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties' model ordinance.

 
The County implements the septic system ordinance for the City.
The city modifies, adopts and enforces an ordinance.
Include a provision that requires yearly monitoring reports on the effectiveness of indentified septic systems, as needed.

Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   03/01/2014
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
Maplewood has an ordinance based on the Association of Minnesota Counties model ordinance that adopts the subsurface sewage treatment program outlined by the MPCA. The ordinance was recently updated by staff to reflect new changes required by the MPCA that all cities must completed an update to Minnesota rules governing Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS) in 2008. Major changes to the ordinance include: 1.Management Plans: Management plans are required for all new or replaced SSTS. A management plan describes operational and maintenance requirements and the frequency of each to ensure system performance, including a planned course of action to prevent an illegal discharge. 2.Operating Permit: An operating permit is required for SSTS with a pretreatment device, custom engineered design, design flow of more than 5,000 gallons per day. Operating permits specify system performance, operating, and maintenance requirements and schedules, monitoring locations, procedures and recording requirements. 3.Compliance Inspections: Compliance inspections are required for construction of a new system; modification, upgrade, or repair of existing systems; prior to issuance of building permits for bedroom additions; expansion or change in use of the building or property being served by the system that might impact performance of the system; and at time of property transfer. Compliance inspections ensure that an SSTS is working properly. 4.Maintenance: SSTS are required to be inspected and if needed be emptied every three years. The owner must submit the required MPCA Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form to the City. This will allow the City to create a system of tracking the required maintenance inspections. 5.Abandonment: Requires the abandonment of SSTS no longer in use. On September 23, 2013, the City Council adopted a new SSTS ordinance which complies with those new rules.

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   03/26/2018
Date of last report update:   03/26/2018
Year action initially completed:   2007
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Article VIII: Sanitation Standards The JPB enforces its own ordinance regarding SSTS within the geographical area of the JPB.

Descriptive links: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/1dc0ab_90a993e3e766485180f868f180db8a86.pdf

For more information contact:
Cory Boushee (City staff)   |   cory.boushee@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   2187593582

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Bloomington

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

Implementation details:
City’s ordinance, section 11.26 also required all households connect to the City’s wastewater system within two (2) years of availability. The City took an active role in bringing these systems into current compliance. Each household was evaluated on a case to case basis, but there were no additional funding track or sources dedicated to help homeowners connect to the City’s system.

For more information contact:
Mary Hurliman (City staff)   |   mhurliman@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-8730

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Fergus Falls

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

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls has an ordinance in place that refers to state statutes.

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

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Hastings

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

Implementation details:
We have an ordinance addressing septic’s that was approved by the State MPCA

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

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Isanti

Date action report first entered:   02/12/2016
Date of last report update:   02/12/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Isanti requires the use of sewers within city limits where infrastructure is available. The City recently turned over inspections of subsurface treatment systems to the County. Isanti County updated their ordinance in 2014 based on the Association of Minnesota Counties model ordinance.

Descriptive links: http://www.co.isanti.mn.us/media/userfiles/subsite_93/files/Zoning/ZoningOrdinance2014.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Ryan Kernosky (City staff)   |   rkernosky@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

Partners:
Isanti County

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Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
The City adopted an updated SSTS Ordinance February 8, 2011 that complies with MPCA and Dakota County Ordinances/Rules

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

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   01/11/2011

Implementation details:
have own Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS). See ordinances (currently being updated) at: http://library1.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=13070&doc_action=whatsnew

Descriptive links: http://library1.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=13070&doc_action=whatsnew

For more information contact:
Dale Schoeppner (City staff)   |   dschoeppner@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5699

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Hermantown

Date action report first entered:   04/30/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Hermantown seeks to require the use of sewers within its limits, whether it be public, building, or private. Policies, procedures, and ordinances are to be consistent with WLSSD policies.

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For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff)   |   afulton@hermantownmn.com   |   218-729-3618

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Mayer

Date action report first entered:   03/22/2016
Date of last report update:   03/22/2016

Implementation details:
Carver County implements the septic system compliance for the City of Mayer.

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For more information contact:
Luayn Ruch-Hammond (City staff)   |   cityadmin@frontiernet.net   |   952-657-1502

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Newport

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2017
Date of last report update:   02/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City contracts with Washington County for Subsurface Sewage Treatment System inspections and has also adopted the County's Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Regulations.

For more information contact:
Travis Brierley (City staff)   |   tbrierley@newportmn.com   |   651-459-5677

Partners:
Washington County

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Rosemount

Date action report first entered:   03/07/2012

Implementation details:
Rosemount's subsurface sewer treatment system standards are detailed in Section 9-6 of the City Code.

Descriptive links: http://tinyurl.com/7d5c9xk

For more information contact:
Anthony Nemcek (City staff)   |   anthony.nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us   |   651-322-2090

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   12/23/2014
Date of last report update:   12/23/2014

Implementation details:
Chapter 50 of the City's Ordinance addresses individual Sewage Treatment Systems – It is in compliance with MN Rules Ch 7080.

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Austin pending

Date action report first entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
Mower County has a current SSTS ordinance and is ºinprocessº of writing and reviewing a new ordinance based on the Assn ofMN Counties model ordinance. This ordinance will be adopted on orbefore Feb 4, 2014, as required by the legislature.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Elected official)   |   jkanderson@gofast.am   |   507-433-1081

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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