Tenth Annual Watershed Wide Clean-Up

Join your friends and neighbors in cleaning up our area lakes, streams and rivers on Saturday September 15th at 9:00am in most locations. Sign up here- see you down by the riverside!

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New Beginning in Frontenac

By: Hailey Gorman, Northern Community Facilitator  August 8th, 2018 A meeting was held on Thursday, July 19th in Florence Town Hall to gauge the interest of residents in beginning a community sewer project. Of the nineteen residents in attendance, sixteen expressed interest in moving forward with a project. With this encouragement Goodhue County and CRWP […]

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Rochester Post Bulletin Article, July 2018

By: Hailey Gorman, Northern Community Facilitator  August 7th, 2018 Sheila Craig has been the driving force behind numerous community sewage projects in Southeast Minnesota for fifteen years. Craig uses her University of Minnesota Extension Educator background to bring communities together and solve septic issues. Noncompliant septic systems are common in older, often rural, communities not […]

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BWSR Review of Cedar Beach, June 2018

The Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative has successfully facilitated 31 different projects since its inception in 2002. The Cedar Beach project was initiated when Olmsted and Wabasha counties completed a septic inventory that determined some of Cedar Beach’s under-sized lots were out of compliance. Some simply needed some upgrading, while others had a straight-pipe system that […]

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BWSR Snapshot of Myrtle Project, April 2018

By: Hailey Gorman, Northern Community Facilitator and Sheila Craig, Southern Community Facilitator April 3rd, 2018 SMWI joined efforts in 2013 to find a solution for the wastewater problems in the City of Myrtle.  Their success with the project is featured  in the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) March newsletter. SMWI’s work in […]

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Cedar Lake Applies to the Project Priority List

By: Hailey Gorman, Northern Community Facilitator  March 13th, 2018 Over the past month, Rice County staff and the Northern Wastewater Facilitator, Hailey Gorman, have been working to submit a Project Priority List (PPL) application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The application is for landowners in the Southwest portion of Cedar Lake. Being on the […]

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Turtle Creek 2 Sewer Project Update

By: Sheila Craig, Southern Community Facilitator, January 2, 2018 Turtle Creek 2 is an area west of the City of Austin, comprised of 41 homes. They received a Technical Assistance Grant in 2013 to study the area and obtain a Community Assessment Report. After learning about the various options to receive new sewage treatment, the […]

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Turtle Creek 1 Project Completed

By: Sheila Craig, Southern Community Facilitator, January 2, 2018 Construction began in September, 2015 on new sewer (and water) lines to service 27 homes and 1 church west of the City of Austin along Turtle Creek. The area was originally part of Austin Township and was annexed to the City of Austin, January 1, 2014. […]

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Sunset Bay Newest Oronoco Township Project

By: Sheila Craig, Southern Community Facilitator, January 2, 2018 Oronoco Township is a believer in clean water and making sure that no wastewater problems continue in the Zumbro River and Lake Zumbro that are part of their township. They are now supporting their third sewer project for an area called Sunset Bay. Sunset Bay with […]

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Ryan’s Bay Just Beginning

By: Sheila Craig, Southern Community Facilitator, January 2, 2018 Zumbro Township, Wabasha County, will be supporting their first sewer project. Located just next door to Sunset Bay, but in a different Township and a different County, the Ryan’s Bay project will include 83 residential properties. Also located on Lake Zumbro, the area has very small […]

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