Crow Wing County received $60,897 in grants from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to provide funding to replace or protect septic systems for low-income residents.
Proper maintenance of septic systems ensures that groundwater is protected from human contaminants. Last year, $32,746 in loans from these funds were disbursed to county residents through the loan program.
“Having properly maintained and functioning septic systems will help protect groundwater in Crow Wing County,” Environmental Services Specialist Nicole Erickson said in a news release.
Residents who receive funding will receive a loan from the Area Development Commission five at 3% for 60 months towards the cost of the projects. Loan terms are set by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The total amount of funds granted to an applicant will depend on the cost of the system, annual income and household size. Loans can be repaid at any time with no prepayment penalty. A $50 application fee is required at the time of application.
Funding priority will first be given to “low” and “very low income” landowners. All low-income, need-based applicants will be funded to some degree, pending repayment availability, as determined by the North Central Economic Development Association Loan Board.
Residents can go to www.crowwing.us/242/Grants to complete the application and read more information about the loan program through the Area Five Development Commission.
For more information about this program, call Stephanie Barney at 218-296-5201.