Kelle's Creek Septic System Assessment
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.
- 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)
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
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.