Kelle's Creek Septic System Assessment
This project will result in septic systems inspections throughout the bacteria impaired Kelle's Creek watershed to identify those systems that are non-functioning, non-compliant, or an imminent threat to public health and safety.
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The Kelle's Creek septic system assessment project will examine septic systems throughout the Kelle's Creek watershed to identify those systems that are non-functioning, non-compliant, or an imminent threat to public health and safety. Preliminary prioritization of the septic systems within the watershed will be based on the Washington County GIS database, followed by outreach to landowners to identify willing participants. Ultimately, this project will include inspection of up to 150 septic systems within the Kelle's Creek hydrologic boundary. Properties identified as potentially non-compliant will be ranked based on their estimated function and needs, and outreach efforts will be targeted at the highest-priority properties. This outreach will include promotion of Washington County low-interest loan and grant programs to replace or upgrade non-functioning septic systems ultimately bringing them into compliance and improving the water quality of Kelle's Creek and the St. Croix River. The project will be completed in partnership with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment.