Dollars available to help homeowners replace septic systems

Stearns County’s Environmental Services Department has a limited amount of funding available to assist homeowners in replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems. The funding comes from a grant received from the state of Minnesota.

Eligibility for this grant requires that:

• The household has low income (based on 2016 tax returns)

• The property is a homesteaded single family home or duplex

• The sewage treatment system is documented to be an “Imminent Threat to Public Health” and Safety, or has “Failing to Protect Groundwater” status.

The total amount of money available is limited. There will be four grants issued, each in the amount of $2,800.

Residents of Stearns County who think they may qualify, and would like an application, should contact Mark Latterell or Susan McGuire at the Stearns County Environmental Services Department at (320) 656-3613 or (800) 450-0852.

These funds are available for a limited time only. Applications will be accepted beginning April 15, and should be submitted to Environmental Services when completed. The money will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

The purpose of these grants is to protect and restore water quality. The source of the funding is the Minnesota Clean Water Fund, one of four funds established by the Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage and Natural Areas Amendment in 2008.