Draft Wolf Lake Connection Trail Plan – Public Review

Draft Wolf Lake Connection Trail Plan – Public Review
In June 2019, the City of Windom began a trail planning process for the Connection Trail from the City of Windom to the Wings on the Prairie Discovery Center at Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area, a property of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Please click on the link below to view and provide feedback regarding the Draft Wolf Lake Trail Plan

(draft plan – click this link to view the plan)

Executive Summary:
The Wolf Lake Connection Trail Plan is an summary of possible routes based on a community planning process. The preferred trail route is shown in the map and is the product of a nine month community engagement process whereby the Windom Community was provided multiple opportunities to provide their input. When surveyed, residents of Windom responded with broad support for a connection trail to Wolf Lake. Important goals for the Wolf Lake Connection Trail:
• The Wolf Lake Connection Trail aims to utilize national, state, and local grant monies for design and construction.
• The Wolf Lake Connection Trail will be a multi-use, accessible, recreation trail that will provide a safe connection to a nearby and ecologically significant asset.
• The Wolf Lake Connection Trail can be expected to provide numerous economic and health benefits to existing and future residents of Windom.
• The Wolf Lake Connection Trail will be an attraction and retention tool for new residents and businesses.

Background Information:
The Windom Comprehensive Plan outlined a goal to establish a connection trail between the City of Windom and the Windom Wetland Management District. The Windom Wetland Management District includes the Wolf Lake Nature Area and the Wings on the Prairie Discovery Center. The Wings on the Prairie Discovery Center is unique for US Fish & Wildlife and features a visitor center, nature trail for exploring, wildlife observation platforms, interpretive signs, and hands-on displays.

The Wolf Lake Nature Area includes the Wolf Lake Nature Trail which is a quarter mile paved trail located within the Windom Wetlands Management District. USFW also maintains mowed grass paths on the property. These are local and regional assets.

The Wolf Lake Trail Plan will help to achieve the next steps outlined in the Comprehensive Plan under the goal to establish a connection trail between the City of Windom and the Windom Wetland Management District. A connection trail is likely dependent on a grant to support the project.

Next Steps:
• Adoption of trail plan by Windom City Council.
• Add the cost of the preferred route into the City’s Capital Improvement Plan to provide a match for a grant. Within five years of the completion of the Connection Trail Plan, funding will need to be secured for trail construction.
• Identify any of the needed right-of-way along the preferred route.
• Apply for grants through Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Other grant opportunities will be explored from both traditional public and private sources.

2020 Street Project Information

2020 Street Project Construction Newsletters

 

Sidewalk Closure – Due to Elementary School Project

Important information regarding the 17th Street area and sidewalk south of the new elementary school construction site:

On Monday May 4, 2020, the construction crews working on the new elementary school project will be closing the sidewalk on the North side of 17th Street to complete dirt work and landscaping. Barricades will be placed stating sidewalk is closed at 9th St. and at the West end of the School parking lot. No parking will be allowed on the South side of 17th Street to allow pedestrian traffic to use the South side to pass through the work zone. The sidewalk will reopen when they are finished with the landscape work in July.

Consumer Confidence Report

Windom 2019 Drinking Water Report

This report contains important information about your drinking water. Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.

Información importante.  Si no la entiende, haga que alguien se la traduzca ahora.

Making Safe Drinking Water

Your drinking water comes from a groundwater source: eight wells ranging from 87 to 142 feet deep, that draw water from the Quaternary Buried Unconfined, Quaternary Buried Artesian and Quaternary Water Table aquifers.

Windom works hard to provide you with safe and reliable drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. The purpose of this report is to provide you with information on your drinking water and how to protect our precious water resources.

Contact Glenn Lund, Water\Wastewater Superintendent, at 507-831-6138 or Glenn.Lund@windommn.com if you have questions about Windom’s drinking water. You can also ask for information about how you can take part in decisions that may affect water quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets safe drinking water standards. These standards limit the amounts of specific contaminants allowed in drinking water. This ensures that tap water is safe to drink for most people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the amount of certain contaminants in bottled water. Bottled water must provide the same public health protection as public tap water.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.

Windom Monitoring Results

This report contains our monitoring results from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

We work with the Minnesota Department of Health to test drinking water for more than 100 contaminants. It is not unusual to detect contaminants in small amounts. No water supply is ever completely free of contaminants. Drinking water standards protect Minnesotans from substances that may be harmful to their health.

Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health’s webpage Basics of Monitoring and testing of Drinking Water in Minnesota (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/factsheet/sampling.html).

How to Read the Water Quality Data Tables

The tables below show the contaminants we found last year or the most recent time we sampled for that contaminant. They also show the levels of those contaminants and the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits. Substances that we tested for but did not find are not included in the tables.

We sample for some contaminants less than once a year because their levels in water are not expected to change from year to year. If we found any of these contaminants the last time we sampled for them, we included them in the tables below with the detection date.

We may have done additional monitoring for contaminants that are not included in the Safe Drinking Water Act. To request a copy of these results, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Definitions

  • AL (Action Level): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • MCL (Maximum contaminant level): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
  • MCLG (Maximum contaminant level goal): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • MRDL (Maximum residual disinfectant level): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
  • MRDLG (Maximum residual disinfectant level goal): The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
  • N/A (Not applicable): Does not apply.
  • ppb (parts per billion): One part per billion in water is like one drop in one billion drops of water, or about one drop in a swimming pool. ppb is the same as micrograms per liter (μg/l).
  • ppm (parts per million): One part per million is like one drop in one million drops of water, or about one cup in a swimming pool. ppm is the same as milligrams per liter (mg/l).
  • PWSID: Public water system identification.

Monitoring Results – Regulated Substances

LEAD AND COPPER – Tested at customer taps.

Contaminant (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Action Level

90% of Results Were Less Than

Number of Homes with High Levels

Violation

Typical Sources

Lead

0 ppb

90% of homes less than 15 ppb

1.9 ppb

0 out of 19

NO

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Copper

0 ppm

90% of homes less than 1.3 ppm

1.02 ppm

0 out of 19

NO

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Potential Health Effects and Corrective Actions (If Applicable)

Copper/Lead: During the year, we failed to take a sample and/or submit information on lead and copper during the required testing period(s) of 06/01/19 to 09/30/19.  Because we did not monitor or failed to monitor completely during the compliance period(s), we did not know whether lead or copper was present in your drinking water, and we are unable to tell you whether your health was at risk during this time.

INORGANIC & ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS – Tested in drinking water.

Contaminant (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results

Violation

Typical Sources

Nitrate

10 ppm

10.4 ppm

0.88 ppm

N/A

NO

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

Barium

2 ppm

2 ppm

0.21 ppm

N/A

NO

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposit.

CONTAMINANTS RELATED TO DISINFECTION – Tested in drinking water.

Substance (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG or MRDLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL or MRDL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results

Violation

Typical Sources

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

N/A

80 ppb

21 ppb

N/A

NO

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA)

N/A

60 ppb

8.2 ppb

N/A

NO

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Chlorine

4.0 ppm

4.0 ppm

1.15 ppm

0.30 – 2.12 ppm

NO

Water additive used to control microbes.

Total HAA refers to HAA5

OTHER SUBSTANCES – Tested in drinking water.

Substance (Date, if sampled in previous year)

EPA’s Ideal Goal (MCLG)

EPA’s Limit (MCL)

Highest Average or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results

Violation

Typical Sources

Fluoride

4.0 ppm

4.0 ppm

0.69 ppm

0.64 – 0.77 ppm

NO

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive to promote strong teeth.

Potential Health Effects and Corrective Actions (If Applicable)

Fluoride:   Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, with small amounts present naturally in many drinking water sources. There is an overwhelming weight of credible, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay and cavities in children and adults, even when there is availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses. Since studies show that optimal fluoride levels in drinking water benefit public health, municipal community water systems adjust the level of fluoride in the water to a concentration between 0.5 to 1.5 parts per million (ppm), with an optimal fluoridation goal between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm to protect your teeth. Fluoride levels below 2.0 ppm are not expected to increase the risk of a cosmetic condition known as enamel fluorosis.

 

 

Monitoring Results – Unregulated Substances

In addition to testing drinking water for contaminants regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, we sometimes also monitor for contaminants that are not regulated. Unregulated contaminants do not have legal limits for drinking water.

Detection alone of a regulated or unregulated contaminant should not cause concern. The meaning of a detection should be determined considering current health effects information.  We are often still learning about the health effects, so this information can change over time.

The following table shows the unregulated contaminants we detected last year, as well as human-health based guidance values for comparison, where available. The comparison values are based only on potential health impacts and do not consider our ability to measure contaminants at very low concentrations or the cost and technology of prevention and/or treatment. They may be set at levels that are costly, challenging, or impossible for water systems to meet (for example, large-scale treatment technology may not exist for a given contaminant).

A person drinking water with a contaminant at or below the comparison value would be at little or no risk for harmful health effects. If the level of a contaminant is above the comparison value, people of a certain age or with special health conditions – like a fetus, infants, children, elderly, and people with impaired immunity – may need to take extra precautions. Because these contaminants are unregulated, EPA and MDH require no particular action based on detection of an unregulated contaminant. We are notifying you of the unregulated contaminants we have detected as a public education opportunity.

▪            More information is available on MDH’s A-Z List of Contaminants in Water (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/contaminants/index.html) and Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/com/ucmr4.html).

UNREGULATED CONTAMINANTS – Tested in drinking water.

Contaminant

Comparison Value

Highest Average Result or Highest Single Test Result

Range of Detected Test Results

Sodium*

20 ppm

14.1 ppm

N/A

Sulfate

500 ppm

69 ppm

N/A

*Note that home water softening can increase the level of sodium in your water.

Some People Are More Vulnerable to Contaminants in Drinking Water

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. The developing fetus and therefore pregnant women may also be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water. These people or their caregivers should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.

Learn More about Your Drinking Water

Drinking Water Sources

Minnesota’s primary drinking water sources are groundwater and surface water. Groundwater is the water found in aquifers beneath the surface of the land. Groundwater supplies 75 percent of Minnesota’s drinking water. Surface water is the water in lakes, rivers, and streams above the surface of the land. Surface water supplies 25 percent of Minnesota’s drinking water.

Contaminants can get in drinking water sources from the natural environment and from people’s daily activities. There are five main types of contaminants in drinking water sources.

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Sources include sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, pets, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants include salts and metals from natural sources (e.g. rock and soil), oil and gas production, mining and farming operations, urban stormwater runoff, and wastewater discharges.
  • Pesticides and herbicides are chemicals used to reduce or kill unwanted plants and pests. Sources include agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and commercial and residential properties.
  • Organic chemical contaminants include synthetic and volatile organic compounds. Sources include industrial processes and petroleum production, gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants such as radium, thorium, and uranium isotopes come from natural sources (e.g. radon gas from soils and rock), mining operations, and oil and gas production.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about your drinking water source(s) in a source water assessment, including:

  • How Windom is protecting your drinking water source(s);
  • Nearby threats to your drinking water sources;
  • How easily water and pollution can move from the surface of the land into drinking water sources, based on natural geology and the way wells are constructed.

Find your source water assessment at Source Water Assessments (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/swp/swa) or call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lead in Drinking Water

You may be in contact with lead through paint, water, dust, soil, food, hobbies, or your job. Coming in contact with lead can cause serious health problems for everyone. There is no safe level of lead. Babies, children under six years, and pregnant women are at the highest risk.

Lead is rarely in a drinking water source, but it can get in your drinking water as it passes through lead service lines and your household plumbing system. Windom is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but it cannot control the plumbing materials used in private buildings.

Read below to learn how you can protect yourself from lead in drinking water.

  1. Let the water run for 30-60 seconds before using it for drinking or cooking if the water has not been turned on in over six hours. If you have a lead service line, you may need to let the water run longer. A service line is the underground pipe that brings water from the main water pipe under the street to your home.
    • You can find out if you have a lead service line by contacting your public water system, or you can check by following the steps at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/npr-find-lead-pipes-in-your-home
    • The only way to know if lead has been reduced by letting it run is to check with a test. If letting the water run does not reduce lead, consider other options to reduce your exposure.
  2. Use cold water for drinking, making food, and making baby formula. Hot water releases more lead from pipes than cold water.
  3. Test your water. In most cases, letting the water run and using cold water for drinking and cooking should keep lead levels low in your drinking water. If you are still concerned about lead, arrange with a laboratory to test your tap water. Testing your water is important if young children or pregnant women drink your tap water.
  4. Treat your water if a test shows your water has high levels of lead after you let the water run.

Learn more:

 

 

Help Protect Our Most Precious Resource – Water

Conservation

Conservation is essential, even in the land of 10,000 lakes. For example, in parts of the metropolitan area, groundwater is being used faster than it can be replaced. Some agricultural regions in Minnesota are vulnerable to drought, which can affect crop yields and municipal water supplies.

We must use our water wisely. Below are some tips to help you and your family conserve – and save money in the process.

▪            Fix running toilets—they can waste hundreds of gallons of water.

▪            Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.

▪            Shower instead of bathe. Bathing uses more water than showering, on average.

▪            Only run full loads of laundry, and set the washing machine to the correct water level.

▪            Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

▪            Use water-efficient appliances (look for the WaterSense label).

▪            Use water-friendly landscaping, such as native plants.

▪            When you do water your yard, water slowly, deeply, and less frequently. Water early in the morning and close to the ground.

▪            Learn more

▪            Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Conserving Water webpage (https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/conserving-water)

▪            U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense webpage (https://www.epa.gov/watersense)

Home Water Treatment

Reduce Backflow at Cross Connections

Bacteria and chemicals can enter the drinking water supply from polluted water sources in a process called backflow. Backflow occurs at connection points between drinking water and non-drinking water supplies (cross connections) due to water pressure differences.

For example, if a person sprays an herbicide with a garden hose, the herbicide could enter the home’s plumbing and then enter the drinking water supply. This could happen if the water pressure in the hose is greater than the water pressure in the home’s pipes.

Property owners can help prevent backflow. Pay attention to cross connections, such as garden hoses.

The Minnesota Department of Health and American Water Works Association recommend the following:

▪            Do not submerge hoses in buckets, pools, tubs, or sinks.

▪            Keep the end of hoses clear of possible contaminants.

▪            Do not use spray attachments without a backflow prevention device. Attach these devices to threaded faucets. Such devices are inexpensive and available at hardware stores.

▪            Use a licensed plumber to install backflow prevention devices.

▪            Maintain air gaps between hose outlets and liquids. An air gap is a vertical space between the water outlet and the flood level of a fixture (e.g. the space between a wall-mounted faucet and the sink rim). It must be at least twice the diameter of the water supply outlet, and at least one inch.

▪            Commercial property owners should develop a plan for flushing or cleaning water systems to minimize the risk of drawing contaminants into uncontaminated areas.

 

The Pros and Cons of Home Water Softening

When considering whether to use a water softener, contact your public water system to find out if you have hard water. Many systems treat for hardness, making water softeners unnecessary.

Water softeners are a water treatment device. They remove water hardness (dissolved calcium and magnesium). Water softeners must be installed and maintained properly to be safe and effective. Learn more at Home Water Softening (https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/factsheet/softening.html).

The benefits of soft water include:

▪            Increased efficiency for soaps and detergents.

▪            Reduction in mineral staining on fixtures and in pipes.

▪            A potential increase in the lifespan of water heaters.

The drawbacks of soft water include:

▪            Operation and maintenance costs.

▪            More sodium. People on low-sodium diets should consult a doctor if they plan to regularly consume softened water.

▪            The production of salt brine as a byproduct. This can have negative effects at wastewater treatment plants and on ecosystems. Reduce the amount of salt brine used or install a salt-free system.

 

 

Mortgage Payment Assistance

If your household income has decreased and you don’t think you can make your mortgage payment, call USDA and ask for a Payment Assistance package. They will review the information you provide and determine if you are eligible for payment assistance or for more assistance than you currently receive.

 

Call a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-414-1226 or TDD/TTY 1-800-438-1832. We are available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Central Time (CT). The wait time to answer your call may be longer than normal.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.  There are a number of programs.  The attachment is a helpful guide.  For assistance you can contact the Minnesota SBA Office or myself.  These are new programs, so we need to learn more about what program may be the best option. 

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act final

Minnesota District Office

SBA District Office

330 Second Ave. South suite 430
Minneapolis, MN 55401

612-370-2324

202-481-0139

Visit website

minneapolis.mn@sba.gov

 

Thank you,

Drew Hage | Development Director | Economic Development Authority of Windom

444 9th St., P.O. Box 38 | Windom, MN | 56101

507-832-8661 (Office)

507-822-5918 (Cell)

507-831-6142 (Fax)

drew.hage@windommn.com  | www.windom-mn.com/eda  

www.facebook.com/Development.In.Windom

 

COVID-19 Small Business Operating/Emergency Loan Programs

Many businesses are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19.  The Windom EDA would like to assist where possible and is offering a Small Business Operating Loan Program.  This loan program is designed to provide emergency financing for Windom businesses that are suffering financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible businesses include the businesses outlined in the Governor’s Emergency Executive Orders.  The EDA does have discretion to evaluate other loan requests, so please contact me to discuss options.  Attached is a copy of the guidelines for the Windom EDA’s new emergency loan program.

The Small Business Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) also have loan programs available.  I am here to discuss pros and cons of the different emergency loan options.  Please refer to the attachment for a summary of the emergency loan programs. 

Should you have any questions, please contact me to discuss options.

Program Information Links:

Emergency Loan Programs – COVID-19

COVID-19 Small Business Operating Loan Program

 

List of Eligible Businesses:

Businesses cited in Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-04 as follows:

  1. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption, excluding institutional or in-house food cafeterias that serve residents, employees, and clients of businesses, child care facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
  2. Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  3. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.
  4. Theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues, and museums.
  5. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas.
  6. Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  7. Country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.

Executive Order 20-04 is amended by the following additions (indicated by underlined text) and deletions (indicated by strikethroughs): Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas tanning establishments, body art establishments, tattoo parlors, piercing parlors, businesses offering massage therapy or similar body work, spas, salons, nail salons, cosmetology salons, esthetician salons, advanced practice esthetician salons, eyelash salons, and barber shops. This includes, but is not limited to, all salons and shops licensed by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners.

All other provisions of Executive Order 20-04 remain in effect.

Thank you,

Drew Hage | Development Director | Economic Development Authority of Windom

444 9th St., P.O. Box 38 | Windom, MN | 56101

507-832-8661 (Office)

507-822-5918 (Cell)

507-831-6142 (Fax)

drew.hage@windommn.com  | www.windom-mn.com/eda  

www.facebook.com/Development.In.Windom

 

South Cottonwood Lake Subdivision Sealed Bid Auction

Sealed Bid Auction Announcement

Sealed Bid Information

Questions & Answer

Packets of information are available at City Hall (444 9th Street, Windom).  Digital copies are also available upon request.