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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

2019/2020 Christmas Tree and Lights Recycling
December 26th-January 10th

New Single Sort Recycling Program
Recycling Guide and Schedule

2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collections
May 6th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 3rd - City Garage in Hancock from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 22nd - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 9th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NOTE: If you have a few gallons of paint/stain/varnish you would like to get rid of now, check out the link below about the PaintCare Program.  Morris Lumber and Millwork in Morris will take limited amounts of paints, stains and varnish. Read the ad for details and call ahead to confirm they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle.  They do not accept: aerosols (spray paint), or leaking, unlabeled, and empty containers.

PaintCare Advertisement

2019 Empty Plastic Pesticide Container Collection
Tuesday, August 27th - County Highway Garage in Morris from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Only #2 HDPE plastic containers
* Clean, dry & properly rinsed
* Container caps removed
* Labels removed the best you can
NOTE: To allow for ease of transport and recycling it is suggested to tie jugs together with baling twine.

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 
Stevens County Solid Waste Ordinance

Other Information Sources
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
Recycling Association of Minnesota 
Minnesota Material Exchange Program
Preventing Waste and Pollution
Kids Guide to Recycling Glass and Plastic

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
2016 Feedlot Newsletter
2017 Feedlot Newsletter
2018 Feedlot Newsletter
2019 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 Application
Area Licensed Businesses 
2014 SSTS Ordinance
Septic System Information

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


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 Comprehensive Plan
Stevens County Zoning Ordinance
Stevens County Zoning Map
Stevens County Wind Energy Ordinance
Stevens County Subdivision Ordinance
Stevens County Flood Plain Ordinance
Land Use Application
Planning Administrative Form (CUP) 
Planning Administrative Form (Variance)

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

Other County Ordinances

Natural Resource Block Grant (NRBG) & MPCA CFO Grant Information
The Minnesota legislature provides funds to counties to implement programs for Local Water Management, Feedlots, Shoreland, Septic Systems and the Wetland Conservation Act.  The following reports indicate the amount and kind of work that was completed as well as the cost to perform the work.  Contact the Environmental Servies/Planning & Zoning office if you have questions.

2005 - 2015 Local Water Management Plan
2010 Local Water Management Plan Implementation Plan Amendment
2011 NRBG Annual Report
2011 County Feedlot Annual Report 
2011 County Shoreland Report
2011 County SSTS Report 
2011 County WCA Report
2012 NRBG Annual Report
2012 County Feedlot Annual Report
2012 County Shoreland Report
2012 County SSTS Report
2012 County WCA Report
2013 NRBG Feedlot eLINK Report
2013 NRBG Shoreland eLINK Report
2013 NRBG SSTS eLINK Report
2013 NRBG WCA eLINK Report 
2013 NRBG LWM eLINK Report
2013 County Feedlot Report
2013 County Shoreland Report
2013 County SSTS Report
2013 County WCA Report
2014 NRBG and MPCA Feedlot Reports
2014 NRBG and MPCA SSTS Reports
2014 NRBG and DNR Shoreland Reports
2014 NRBG LWM Report
2014 NRBG WCA and BWSR Reports
2015 NRBG Feedlot Report
2015 MPCA CFO Feedlot Report
2015 NRBG SSTS Report
2015 NRBG Shoreland Report
2015 NRBG WCA and BWSR Report
2015 NRBG LWM Report
2016 MPCA CFO Feedlot Report
2016 NRBG SSTS Report
2016 NRBG Shoreland Report
2016 NRBG WCA and BWSR Report
2016 NRBG LWM Report
2017 MPCA CFO Feedlot Report
2017 NRBG SSTS Report
2017 NRBG Shoreland Report
2017 NRBG LWM Report
2017 NRBG WCA and BWSR Report
2017 NRBG WCA Report Revised 
2018 NRBG SSTS Report
2018 NRBG Shoreland Report
2018 NRBG LWM Report
2018 NRBG WCA and BWSR Report
2018 MPCA CFO Feedlot Report

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