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Posted on: August 11, 2020

P&Z Releases Public Notice Concerning Low-Interest Septic System Loan Program

A Public Notice from Bill Stephens, Wright County Environmental Health Officer

“In previous years, Wright County has been able to provide low-interest loans to homeowners to upgrade failing or non-compliant septic systems on their property. Funding for this program was available through the efforts of the Crow River Organization of Waters in securing a Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Loan from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

“Wright County has now applied for and received approval for a CWP Loan from the MPCA to continue this same program. For information on this program, a property owner should call the Wright County Planning & Zoning Office at (763) 682-7338 or by calling Bill Stephens, Wright County Environmental Health Officer at (763) 682-7331 or by email at bill.stephens@co.wright.mn.us.

“The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the MPCA staff has reviewed the Wright County proposed project and has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is not mandatory. A preliminary determination has been made that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated.

“Wright County has applied for a loan under the Minnesota Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and is, therefore, subject to the State environmental review process. Subsurface sewage treatment system upgrades or replacements within this project will be in accordance with Minn. R. Ch. 7080, which provide the minimum standards and criteria for design, location, installation, use, and maintenance of subsurface sewage treatment systems.

“If you have questions, comments, or desire additional information about the project, please contact MPCA Project Manager Scott Lucas at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency,7678 College Road, Suite 105, Baxter, MN 56425. Scott Lucas can also be reached by phone 218.833.9893. Comments must be received within two weeks of publication of this notice in order to be accepted. Use your preferred relay service.

“Your interest in Minnesota’s environment is appreciated.”

For more background information about the scope of the program and how the county took over operation of it, click here to see what was brought before the Wright County Board of Commissioners in July: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1800

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