Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 21.3

GreenStep City Best Practices: Environmental Management
Septic Systems No. 21

Implement an environmentally sound management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems.

Best Practice Action 3

Clarify/establish one or more responsible management entities for the proper design, siting, installation, operation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.

1 star County is the RME; city promotion of MPCA-licensed septic service providers.
2 star Management through a subordinate service district sponsored by the city.
3 star RME is the city, who monitors systems conditions, requires submittal of maintenance pumping records, does compliance inspections.

Who's doing it

Bloomington - 3 star
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The City’s efforts began in 1991 and have continued through today. With the Collaboration of different Divisions within the City and the residence of Bloomington, the total number of active ISTS systems has reduced to less than 40 households. These systems are currently monitored by the City of Bloomington’s Utilities Division and the Hennepin County Environmental Health Management group.
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For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff) | sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov | 952-563-4606
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Chanhassen - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2011
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The city adopted Carver County's SSTS, which was based on MN state rules and MPCA guidelines, in 2011 and assumed responsibility for monitoring, compliance and inspections. The city added customized setbacks for bluffs and shoreland as well as escrow requirements if inspections can't be done due to frozen soil.
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For more information contact:
Jill Sinclair (City staff) | jsinclair@ci.chanhassen.mn.us | 952-227-1133
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Shoreview - 3 star
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The City monitors the condition of the existing individual septic systems. Maintenance pumping records are required to be submitted, and compliance inspections are performed every three years. The low number of private systems in the City is small enough that annual record review is sufficient to insure that system maintenance is being performed by the property owners.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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Stillwater - 3 star
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The city of Stillwater building department runs inspections on septic tank connections before they are buried. Washington County monitors the maintenance of septic systems by sending out letters to residents telling them it is time to have their septic tank checked and/or emptied.
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For more information contact:
Cindy Shilts (City staff) | cshilts@ci.stillwater.mn.us | 651-430-8825
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Wyoming - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 1998
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City of Wyoming Building/Zoning official Fred Weck holds individual certification as a advance inspector by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Cert#C5199 expiring 6-25-2022. Mr. Weck is the City of Wyoming management entity for the proper design, siting, installation, operation monitoring and maintenance of septic systems.
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For more information contact:
Frances Duncanson (City staff) | fduncanson@wyomingmn.org | 651-272-5504
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Austin - 2 star
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The City and Mower County rely on local licensed contractors for design, installation, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. Mower County reviews the designs to make sure they are in compliance with MPCA and County standards. Mower County keeps records of systems that require maintenance and keeps records of those systems; sometimes requiring annual reporting. Mower County also keeps a data base of systems that are in compliance or have received notice of non-compliance or have been abandoned. Mower County's ordinance requires a systematic review of systems when: 1) a bedroom is being added to a home, 2)anytime a permit is requested on a property located within a Shoreland area; 3) any time the property does not meet the minimum lot sizerequirement of the district; 4) any time a complaint is received that is found to be valid of a non-compliant system.
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
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Hastings - 2 star
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We permit septic installations and do a review of the design, soils, monitoring (if required by code) to Minnesota rules 7080 through 7083 and Dakota County Ordinances
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For more information contact:
Tom Bakken (City staff) | tbakken@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2375
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Maplewood - 2 star
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In 2013 the City of Maplewood adopted a new SSTS ordinance that complies with the new rules of the MPCA. The city requires proper permitting for the management, operation, compliance inspections and maintenance of Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems.
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For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff) | steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2404
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Albert Lea - 1 star
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Freeborn County offers an in depth list of septic service providers in the area. See attached.
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff) | jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us | 507-377-4316
Partners: Freeborn County
Apple Valley - 1 star
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The City is responsible for septic system review, permitting and monitoring.
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For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff) | CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us | 952-953-2508
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Burnsville - 1 star
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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

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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff) | basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us | 952-895-4524
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Eagan - 1 star
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If new build, City ensures systems comply with State and City regulations.
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For more information contact:
Dale Schoeppner (City staff) | dschoeppner@cityofeagan.com | 651/675-5699
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Fergus Falls - 1 star
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Otter Tail County is the entity responsible for the management of these systems.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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