Bacteria is a pollutant impacting Scott County waters. The sources of E. coli are thought to originate from improperly managed livestock waste (feedlots and manure spreading), failing septic systems, untreated urban stormwater, and wildlife.
In Scott County multiple streams do not meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s water quality standard for bacteria (E. coli) including Big Possum Creek, Credit River, Eagle Creek, Porter Creek, Raven Stream, Robert Creek, Sand Creek, and Brewery Creek.
What Can You Do To Help?
Make sure your septic system is functioning properly.
If your septic system is failing it could be contaminating groundwater or a nearby lake or stream. More information on septic system inspections and compliance and be found here.
Pick up after pets.
Bacteria from animal waste, including E. coli are a growing water quality concern and pet waste is a large contributor. Pet waste does not just disappear. When left on the lawn, rain water will break it apart and wash it into a local waterbody. Even if you don't live near a lake or stream, the waste will make its way into our waterbodies through stormdrains. To help combat bacteria pollution, collect pet waste in plastic bags and place it in the trash.