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Kelle's Creek Septic System Assessment

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Valley Branch WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in an inventory of side inlet controls, buffer strips and storage and treatment needs that will improve water quality to the West Branch Rum River.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Work included:
- workplan development
- project kick-off meeting with Washington County Staff & several meetings during program development
- presentation to the VBWD Board of Managers
- presentations to the Afton City Council to inform them of the project & present final program
- working with the VBWD Board of Managers to develop financial incentive program to participate (e.g. cost-share for septic system that are non-compliant and ordered to be replaced)
- finalize inspection program details and launch in April 2016
- Outreach to residents in Aug 2016
- Outreach to residents Spring 2017
- Complete 24 septic system inspections to-date (13 systems noncompliant)

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Board information for grantees can be found within contact directories on BWSR's website under Operational Resources, "About Our Partners".
Project Overview

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.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Valley Branch WD
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp