SSTS Program Enhancement Grant Program - 2010
Successful long-term treatment of sewage depends on a system capable of providing adequate treatment and effective on-going operation and maintenance. Clean Water Fund Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) Program Enhancement funds are used by counties to strengthen programs dedicated to SSTS ordinance management and enforcement. These funds are used for a variety of tasks required to successfully implement a local SSTS program including inventories, enforcement, and databases to insure SSTS maintenance reporting programs. These efforts enhance environmental protection as well as reduce water pollution and human health impacts.
14 projects totaling $860,000 were awarded in FY2010. 2 of those projects were to conduct SSTS inventories.
Evaluation and Outcome Plan Evaluation and outcome plans are required as a part of the grant agreement between BWSR and the grantee. These required plans consist of verifying project installation and creating operation and maintenance plans to ensure the project is functioning as designed. Funded projects meet locally identified water quality goals within the larger scope of Minnesota's clean water efforts. Projects reduce pollutant loads aimed at improving watershed health over time. The long-term evaluation of clean water fund projects will be monitored as part of the state's intensive watershed monitoring strategy.
This project resulted in more than 400 performance septic systems files requiring annual monitoring reports digitally scanned into the database. The permitting program containing the database has mapping and form letter capabilities and is also tied into the scheduling software for the office. Database development will continue after grant completion.