Environmental Health

Division Overview

The Environmental Health division administers the Rice County Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Ordinance, which involves reviewing individual and community wastewater treatment system designs, issuing permits for those systems and inspecting the installation of the systems to ensure code requirements are met.  The Environmental Health Division also becomes involved in public health nuisance complaints, emergency preparedness & response, solid waste issues, air quality issues, water quality issues, and grant programs.


  • Inspects all new septic system installations.
  • Works to protect surface water and groundwater in Rice County.
  • Collects well samples from private water supplies for analysis.
  • Investigates Public Health Nuisance complaints.
  • Educates public on indoor air quality issues.
For questions or concerns relating to Environmental Health, please contact:

   Marilee DeGroot, Environmental Health Administrator, at (507) 332-6170 or by email


Financial Assistance


Sewage Treatment System Owner Educational Videos


Applications & Documents


    MPCA Licensed Professionals


Roberds Lake Watershed Septic Inventory Project


External Links