Primary ContactDarren Wilke - Environmental Officer
20 SE Second St
Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: (320) 839-6376
Fax: (320) 839-6370
Other StaffRonda Maas - Deputy Environmental Officer
The Environmental Services Department is responsible for administering plans and ordinances relating to planning and zoning, solid waste management, comprehensive local water planning and feedlot management. In addition to these local controls, the Environmental Services Department is also responsible for permitting and enforcement programs of the State’s individual septic treatment system program, Wetland Conservation Act, and the feedlot program. The department’s overall mission in administering these programs is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.
Natural Resource Block Grant (NRBG) information
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) provides an annual Natural Resource Block Grant (NRBG) that allocates funds for administering the local water plan and to implement projects and programs that improve water quality.
In 2012, Big Stone County received a Natural Resource Block Grant in the amount of $53,620 for Local Water Planning projects and for administration of the Feedlot, Shoreland, Sub-surface Sewage Treatment (SSTS) and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) programs. $18,941 was dedicated for administration and enforcement of the SSTS program; $15,711 for Local Water Planning; $8778 for WCA; $2690 for Shoreland Management and $7500 for Feedlot programs. A local levy match of $2121 was required for Water Planning, as well as a 1:1 match for Shoreland and WCA programs. Feedlot grant dollars are matched .7:1 and SSTS grant dollars do not require matching funds.
Clean Water Legacy Grant
Subsurface Sewage Abatement Grants have been awarded by the Clean Water Legacy Fund to Big Stone County for the last three consecutive years. These funds are use to assist low income households in upgrading sewers that have been determined to be failing or an imminent public health threat due to surfacing sewage. In 2011, $30,927 was used to upgrade three systems, and in 2012, six systems were upgraded using $41,265. Another grant of $20,902 was awarded in 2013 and used to upgrade two more systems found to be failing. There is currently a balance of $2,772 remaining from the 2013 grant and anyone interested in the funding should contact the Big Stone County Environmental Office.
You can download any ordinance link we have available on our web site for free.
Copies of Big Stone County Ordinances are available for public inspection at the above office address.
Printed copies are available from our office for $10.00 each, or $.50/page, whichever is greater.