Septic System Funding

SSTS Low-Income Grant Program

Funding is no longer available for the 2020 funding cycle; however, additional funding will soon be available for 2021.

Mille Lacs County has $40,000 available for low-income grants to upgrade non-compliant subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). This funding is provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The goal of this funding is to protect groundwater and surface water from impacts resulting from the improper design and/or operation of SSTS. More information on the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is available here: https://www.legacy.mn.gov/about-funds

This program is available to households that meet USDA low-income limits for the replacement of noncompliant SSTS. Funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served, basis. Funding amounts vary between 50% and 75% of SSTS replacement cost, dependent on income levels.

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Agricultural Best Management Practices Loans

The AgBMP Loan Program provides financing at below-market interest rates. This funding can be utilized for a number of water quality improvement projects, including new and replacement SSTS, in addition to feedlot improvements, shoreland stabilization, and wells. The Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District operates this program; they can be reached at (320) 983-2160.

Minnesota Clean Water Partnership Loan Program

The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff has reviewed the Mille Lacs 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. 

Mille Lacs 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 Bonnie Finnerty at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 7678 College Road, Suite 105, Baxter, MN 56425. Bonnie Finnerty can also be reached by phone at (218)-316-3897. 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.