Minnesota's Legacy

Morrison County SSTS Compliance Ordinance Pilot Implementation - Fish Trap Lake

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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 SSTS Compliance Inspections on Fish Trap Lake.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 9 lb. of phosphorus per year and 11 tons of sediment per year

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
Marvin Stangl, Bill Faber, Cindy Anez, Tom Brutscher, Claude Dahmen
Project Overview

The Morrison County Board has stepped up their efforts to examine septic compliance for any septic not inspected within five years. They assigned the Local Water Plan task force to develop a pilot plan to show how it would work and whether further enforcement action is appropriate.
The new SSTS compliance ordinance will be piloted in partnership with the Fish Trap Lake Association on Fish Trap Lake. If successful, three more lake associations will assist the effort in the same way (Lake Alex, Crookneck and Shamineau). One lake at a time will be targeted to learn whether septic's are a significant problem or not, and also to confine the work load to an acceptable level to accomplish within this grant period. The project will provide valuable information regarding what percentage of SSTS may be failing and allow for follow up enforcement.
Once completed, this information will be shared during annual Lakes and River Day events to speak to the issue of septic influence on lakes. It's talked about, but truly unknown at this point.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District
Street Address
16776 Heron Road
Little Falls
Zip Code
(320) 616-2479
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