The Clean Water Partnership loan program recently awarded $1.9 million total in loans to three projects to reduce pollution by upgrading subsurface sewer treatment systems (SSTS) in their watersheds. The three projects use the low-interest loans to provide funding to local stakeholders to upgrade their septic systems. As documented in several studies on the following watersheds, sewer systems reduce pollution to lakes, streams and groundwater by treating wastewater.
Snake River Watershed Management Board received a $400,000 loan for the Snake River Watershed Resource Protection Project in the St. Croix River watershed. This loan will implement 27 to 33 SSTS upgrades within the Kanabec County portion of the Snake River Watershed. By treating wastewater, these septic systems will prevent 136 pounds of phosphorus and 574 pounds of nitrogen from entering the groundwater.
Hawk Creek Watershed Project received $1.05 million in loan funding for the Hawk Creek Watershed SSTS Upgrade Implementation. This project will provide low-interest loans to implement 75 SSTS upgrades in the Chippewa, Kandiyohi, and Renville County portions of the Hawk Creek Watershed, reducing an estimated 240 pounds of phosphorus, 5,300 pounds of total suspended solids, and 600 pounds of nitrogen a year.
Heron Lake Watershed District will receive $450,000 in loan funding for the Heron Lake TMDL Nutrient Reduction Project. This project will implement 30 SSTS upgrades in the Heron Lake Watershed, resulting in an estimated annual reduction of 304 pounds of phosphorus, 3.2 tons of sediment, and 807 pounds of nitrogen.
Apply for a loan
Local governmental units interested in leading a nonpoint source pollution control project for protection or restoration of Minnesota water bodies can apply for a loan.
- Application can be made at any time.
- Currently there is no end date for application, with more than $9 million still available.
- Forms and related information are on the Clean Water Partnership loan program web page