County Notes 8/1/13

WashCo_logoSeptic repair grants available

The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment was awarded a Minnesota Clean Land and Water Legacy Amendment grant to assist in replacement of subsurface sewage treatment (septic) systems deemed to be imminent threats to public health or failing to protect groundwater.

It is important to replace failing septic systems as they impact water resources, drinking water and public health.

Grant funds are for low-income homeowners. Funding is limited to $20,901 which will fund four applicants at $5,226 each. Income and eligibility requirements apply. The application process is on a first-come first-served basis.

To find out more information or to obtain a grant application, go to www.co.washington.mn.us/septicsystems or contact Jessica Larson at 651-430-6655 or jessica.larson@co.washington.mn.us.

Hawk, wolves program topics

The Warner Nature Center presents a campfire program on “Red-Tailed Hawk” at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Meet the red-tailed hawk, master of adaptations. When a live hawk visits the park, become a naturalist and discover the adaptations that have let this large bird thrive from coast to coast.

The Wildlife Science Center presents a campfire program on “Wolves” at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 10 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Learn the basics of this predator, its biology, ecology, behavior, and how it compares to other large predators.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10, one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo. The program will be in the campground amphitheater. Call 651-430-8370 or see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for information on this and other programs.

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township. The program will be in the campground amphitheater.

Both programs are free with $5 daily or $25 annual park permit. Call 651-430-8240 or see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for information on this and other programs.

Bird walk at Lake Elmo park

Learn more about the birds that call Minnesota home while walking the Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s scenic prairie and wooded trails with volunteer and birding enthusiast Shelley Bowman at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the reserve.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10, one mile north of Interstate 94. It is a free program with a $5 daily or $25 annual park permit. Permits may be purchased at the park contact station. Dress appropriately for each outdoor program.

Programs are subject to cancellation due to rain and inclement weather.

Call 651-430-8370 or see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on this and other programs.

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