Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Tools, Links and Resources

Articles, Newsletters, Informational and Promotional Handouts, and Flyers

Communities have permission to use these articles in your newsletters, provided credit is given to the University of Minnesota Extension Service

Promotion and Informational Handouts

Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative (.pdf)

News Articles

Introduction to Small Community Program (.pdf)

Whose Problem is it? People in Small Communities Must Cooperate to Solve Wastewater Issues (.pdf)

Recycle Your Water Through Good Wastewater Treatment (.pdf)

One Township’s Role in Rural Wastewater Treatment (.pdf)

Management of Septic Systems and Townships (.pdf)

Sample Newsletters

Best Management Practices and Septic System Care (.pdf)
A four-page newsletter that can be duplicated and distributed

Septic System Care (.pdf)
A one-page (2-sided) newsletter, especially suited for lake association newsletters.

Marshall County Newsletter (.pdf)

Publications and Audio Visuals

A Quick Guide to Small Community Wastewater Treatment Decisions

Survey of Rural Citizens on Septic System Issues—SE MN Wastewater Initiative

Septic System Owner's Guide

Septic Systems Revealed DVD

Small Community Wastewater Solutions

Find other wastewater and sewage publications and audio visual materials via the University of Minnesota Extension Distribution Center


Professional Workshops
Training opportunities through the University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program for septic professionals.

Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative (.pdf)
The SE MN Wastewater Initiative is an eleven-county project administered by the SE MN Water Resources Board, a 10 county joint powers board aimed at protecting water resources from a regional perspective.

For information, contact Doug Malchow, Regional Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service and Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Initiative, malch002@umn.edu, 507-280-5575, 863 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Septic system regulation is usually a state, tribal, and local responsibility. The EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic systems to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality. Some septic systems are regulated by the EPA if they receive industrial or commercial wastes and/or they have the capacity to serve 20 or more people.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency>>
Wastewater treatment and disposal is an important part of our need to protect and preserve Minnesota's water resources. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plays an active role in this need through a variety of programs. This Web page is structured to provide rapid access to our assistance and requirements to help us work together to meet this common goal.

Shoreland Management Resource Guide >>
The Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide provides easy access to information about sustainable shoreland practices to improve management of Minnesota's lakes and rivers. By putting resource materials in the hands of local government and citizens, the Shoreland Guide offers an effective, low cost means to reach the people who make the everyday decisions that impact our lakes and rivers.

The Web site contains scientific and technical background, camera-ready quick and easy answers (FAQ's), highlights of citizen action, and contact information for Minnesota counties.

University of Minnesota Extension Distribution Center

Wastewater Options for Small Communities in Kansas Manual, Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment >>
Information for community leaders, environmental health specialists and concerned citizens to help solve wastewater issues.

National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC) >>
P.O. Box 6064,
West Virginia University,
Morgantown,WV 26506-6064,
Phone: 800-624-8301 or 304-293-4191

NSFC offers a variety of technical assistance and free or low-cost information and materials about wastewater technologies for small communities. Services include a toll-free technical assistance hotline, an Internet-based discussion group, computer databases, newsletters and other publications.