Updated: 06/25/2014 7:22 AM
Created: 06/24/2014 3:29 PM KSTP.com
By: Tom Durian
Residents of several St. Croix River Valley communities are concerned their voices aren't being heard. Several of them oppose a new sewage treatment facility being built just across city lines in Afton. At least, until they receive more information and have their concerns addressed.
City of Afton Engineer Todd Hubmer says the project for a Community Septic System has been in the works since 2008. It will take wastewater from downtown Afton to the facility a few miles away near the border of Lake St. Croix Beach.
Residents of Lake St. Croix Beach say there are several drinking water wells that serve at least four homes along the city border with Afton. Project engineers say to reduce the potential for contamination, the wells should be at least 300 feet away from the plant. Cathy Chavez believes her well is closer. But it doesn't show up on many of the maps for the project. Chavez says, "If my water may not be at risk, why isn't my well on the map?"
Chavez says she and others have repeatedly told the city of Afton and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about her well. Hubmer says he is aware of the concern. "We've asked them to call us and identify the wells and we'll go out and work with them on where they are at and locate them and add them to our study. But we haven't been contacted to date to do that."
Currently the project is in the environmental review process and open to public comment.
Comments can be sent to:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, CO: Corey Mathisen
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155