Fixing community septic systems, protecting groundwater supplies

Lake views and proximity to Rochester are what drew residents such as Lois Hackbarth to Cedar Beach. This is the view from her house, one of 23 now connected to a shared sewage treatment system. Contributed Photos
The Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative helped Cedar Beach residents choose a system and secure grants to help pay for it.
Four of the 31 communities SMWI has helped bring into compliance are on Lake Zumbro.
Lois Hackbarth and her grandson display their Lake Zumbro catch.
Sheila Craig
Removing the septic system from her yard left Hackbarth room to build a garage.

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