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Environmental Services/Planning & Zoning Department

The Environmental Services Department was established in 1991 to implement legislative mandates for County environmental programs, to carry out the environmental policies of the Stevens County Board and to provide information and assistance regarding environmental issues to the County Board and citizens.  The Department is in charge of administering the following county programs.


Solid Waste/Household Hazardous Waste

New Single Sort Recycling Program
Recycling Guide and Schedule

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collections
May 6th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 3th - County Highway Garage in Chokio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 22rd - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 23th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2015 Empty Plastic Pesticide Container Collection
August 25th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spring Newsletter
Disposal Guide to Solid Waste Facilities
Source Reduction
Backyard Composting
Household Hazardous Waste  
Fluorescent Bulbs 
Used Oil and Oil Filters 
Electronic & Appliances Recycling 
Demolition Debris Landfill
Fact Sheets on Waste Reduction, Backyard Burning, Hazardous Wastes, Composting & Green Building 

Other Information Sources
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
Recycling Association of Minnesota 
Recycle More
Rethink Recycling
Minnesota Material Exchange Program
Preventing Waste and Pollution

Feedlot Permitting
Stevens County is one of 54 counties delegated by the MPCA to administer the feedlot regulations for facilities with fewer than 1,000 animal units.  These responsibilities include: registration, permitting, inspections, education and assistance, and complaint follow-up. 

In October 2000 a major revision of the feedlot rule ( went into effect.  The main goals for the feedlot rule are:

  • Register all feedlots capable of holding 50 animal units or more (10 in shoreland areas);
  • Focus on animal feedlots and manure storage areas that have the greatest potential for environmental impact;
  • Expand the role of delegated counties in the feedlot program; and
  • Increase agency and delegated-county staff field presence.

For more information on the County Feedlot Program contact the Environmental Services Office at (320) 208-6558 or click on the following links:

Feedlot Publications
Nutrient and Manure Management
Manure Sampling and Record Keeping
MN Rule Chapter 7020 
MPCA Feedlot Program
Feedlot Permit Information and Application Forms
2012 January Newsletter
2013 Feedlot Newsletter
2015 Feedlot Newsletter

Other Information Sources
Manure and Odor Education Research
National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center 

Septic Systems

Septic systems protect human health and the environment by safely recycling wastewater back into the natural environment.  Septic systems treat wastewater as well as, or better than, municipal treatment systems at a reasonable cost when properly designed, installed, operated, and maintained.

Stevens County requires a septic system permit prior to installation of a new or replacement septic system.  A permit application and list of licensed businesses approved to design, install and pump septic systems is available at our office or click below to choose permit forms and license list.  The design must be submitted to the Environmental Services Office for approval, after which a permit will be issued for installation.  Our office also needs to conduct an inspection during installation to insure system is constructed as design.

For more information on septic systems contact the Environmental Services Office at (320)-208-6558 or click on the following links.
Septic System Permit Forms
Area Licensed Businesses 
2014 SSTS Ordinance
Septic System Information

Septic System Owners Guide
Minnesota’s ISTS Program 
MPCA 7080 Septic System Rules 


Planning & Zoning
A land use or zoning permit is required for any structure erected, moved in or structurally altered.  The permit indicates that the existing or proposed structure and the use of the land comply with the regulations in the county zoning ordinance.  Agricultural buildings are exempt from permitting but must comply with the zoning ordinance setback requirements.  

Stevens County Zoning Ordinance
Stevens County Wind Energy Ordinance
Stevens County Subdivision Ordinance
Stevens County Flood Plain Ordinance
Land Use Application
Planning Administrative Form 

Shoreland Information for Lakes, Rivers & Streams
Lake Information
Stream and River Information
Wetland Information

Other County Ordinances
Regulation of Sale of Beer Kegs 
Fair Housing Ordinances
Regulating Under Age Individuals Where Intoxicating Liquor is Sold
Metes and Bounds Descriptions
Retail Sales of Tobacco Products
Prohibiting Trespassing onto Land of Another to Consume Alcohol or Controlled Substance

Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program
The purpose of the Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program is to prevent pollution, improve water quality, and address other local environmental concerns by assisting local governments to implement agricultural and rural components of their Comprehensive Local Water Plans, Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plans and other environmental planning documents.  This is a low interest loan program administered by the MN Department of Agriculture.  The local contact is the Environmental Services Office in Morris (320)-208-6558.  Loans are used to restore or protect water quality, whether on a farm, a rural home site, or at a lakeside cabin.  Qualifying loans include:        

* Feedlot Improvements, manure storage basins and spreading equipment.
* Conservation tillage equipment.
* Terraces, waterways, sediment basins.
* Shore and river stabilization.
* Septic System Upgrades.

For more information on the program see the following brochure and application:
AgBMP Brochure
AgBMP Application

Contact Information:
Bill Kleindl
Environmental Services/Planning & Zoning Director

400 Colorado Ave Suite 306  
Morris, MN 56267

Phone: (320) 208-6558 
Fax: (320) 589-2036