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Voluntary Septic Inspection Program continues in Cass County

More is understood about the environment in Cass County around Leavitt, Lawrence, Smokey Hollow, North Roosevelt and South Roosevelt lakes following a voluntary septic inspection program.  

Of the 409 individual septics inspected so far, 302 were found to be compliant, and 61 were found to be non-compliant — of which one is an imminent health threat, Cass County reported. 

The balance of those 409 were not inspected due to the fact they were built in last five years, or inspected in the past three years, or are bare lotsor had no septic system, or were “opt-outs” by the owner.

The work is due to an effort of the Roosevelt and Lawrence Area Lakes Association and the Cass County Board. Money was raised through various grants and via local support, so that all Cass County Individual Sewage Treatment Systems around these lakes could participate in a voluntary septic inspection program at no cost to the property owner. 

“Without the help of the Board of Water and Soil Resources and Cass County Board of Commissioner, such an inspection would likely cost the owner up to $200 plus or more per site. This is a good investment for our property owners, and our lakes” Darril Wegscheid said. Wegscheid is the association’s lake management plan coordinator. “We anticipate up to another 100 sites are candidates to be completed this year.

“There are a variety of reasons to feel very positive on this entire effort — if a septic system passed, then the property owners can be confident that good practices will help protect their health and that of the lakes, as well,” Wegscheid said. 

For more information, go online to:  http://www.regionfive.

org/department_indexes/septic_loans/index.php with data on supportive loans. 

If an area property owner were considering a sale of their property, or if they need a building permit, this inspection could save them up to $250 for such an inspection, Cass County reported.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.