WALKER -- The Cass County Board accepted Tuesday as an addendum to the proposed, revised county water plan changes Deputy Environmental Services Director John Sumption developed in response to citizen comments the board received on the plan two weeks ago.
That addendum will be considered with the proposed plan for adoption in June.
To define "critical areas" for individual sewage treatment system compliance inspections, ESD staff have written criteria, such as housing density and types of soils that might let pollution seep into the water table. A copy of those criteria is available from ESD.
In response to board concerns over a potential for needing more employees, the plan has clarified that the county will improve cooperation with the state well licensing program, but not take over licensing from the state.
The addendum also clarifies the Mississippi Headwaters Board and the state will continue to coordinate reservoir drawdowns in the event of drought, with the state managing irrigation well use through its permitting process.
Rather than assigning duties to a specific department, the revision states, "technical and educational assistance will be provided for lakeshore preservation."
The plan now recommends merging the Environmental Services Department Advisory Board, Soil and Water Conservation District Board and Environmental Health Board into one.
It would consist of the five elected SWCD supervisors and two or three members from the other boards. Subcommittees may be appointed to deal with specific issues.
Rather than specifying the county will create a planning department, the addendum says the county board and various county departments will evaluate whether a planning department will be created or whether another means will be developed to carry out the intent of having such a department.
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