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Septic system program for lake homes is topic for lake coalition in Ottertail July 25

The general board meeting of the Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) will be held Saturday, July 25 at 9 a.m. at the Community Center in Ottertail.

Heidi Lindgren from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will present information pertinent to homeowners in the proper day-to-day management of their septic systems. She will also discuss some of the changes that will be seen as counties update their ordinances.

Heidi Lindgren works for the Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS) program of the MPCA in Detroit Lakes. She has worked at the MPCA for three and a half years and previously worked for the State of Montana and the Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District. Heidi obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in Morris and her Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho.

SSTS are more commonly referred to as septic systems. At the MPCA, Heidi works with 21 counties in northwestern Minnesota in the implementation of their SSTS programs. Her main responsibilities include investigation of complaints in the quality of work in licensed SSTS contractors and complaints regarding unlicensed SSTS work being performed in the area. Another area of responsibility is assisting counties in updating their SSTS ordinances. The MPCA adopted new SSTS Rules in February 2008. All counties in Minnesota are required to change their ordinances to reflect these rules by February 2010. Heidi also provides technical support to SSTS contractors and to counties.