East and West Sylvan Township Septic Sweep Compliance Inspections

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Cass County Environmental Services
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This proposal will further Cass County's goal of having inspection records for all SSTS systems throughout the county. This project will focus on septic systems in East and West Sylvan Townships. These urbanized townships are located within 2-8 miles of the cities of Brainerd-Baxter and are adjacent to the Crow Wing River near its confluence with the Mississippi River.
Combined, these two townships contain approximately 1,700 SSTS systems of which approximately half have a current certificate of compliance. Many of the systems are located within the Shoreland Zone and have been classified as having soils sensitive to nitrate contamination. This project will complete 500 SSTS Compliance Inspections, conducted by licensed SSTS Inspectors, on parcels in the Shoreland Zones of both East and West Sylvan Township. A more complete Township database will be added to the county-wide data base for existing SSTS.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07B 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will complete 500 SSTS Compliance Inspections.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Thomas Kuschel, Kenneth Laporte, James Ballenthin, J. David Harder, Willard Pehling
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cass County Soil & Water Conservation District
Street Address
COURTHOUSE, 1st Floor, 303 Minnesota Avenue W, P.O. Box 3000
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767