Case Studies

Camp Luther Dell: Remer, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Camp Luther Dell is a Lutheran church camp located on Boy Lake.  The camp covers a large area so collection of wastewater was an issue.  The camp also has a kitchen and serves three meals per day.  The available space for drainfields is in an old growth forest. Solution: Collection lines were directional bored under […]

Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge: Deerwood, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge was adding condominium units. In addition, the existing system needed updated collection and nitrogen reduction pretreatment. This final pretreatment – recirculating gravel filters – is located in the middle of a spectacular golf course. The 45,000 gallon per day engineered design was engineered by Landecker and Associates in Walker, MN. […]

Wilderness Canoe Base: Grand Marais, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Wilderness Canoe Base is located near the end of the gunflint trail on Seagull Lake.  The camp is located on two separate islands with very difficult site conditions such as large boulders and bedrock with very hilly terrain.  Portions of this system are used in winter. Solution: Materials such as sand, rock, tanks, and […]

Bowen Lodge: Deer River, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Bowen Lodge is a resort located on a large peninsula between Lake Winnibigoshish and Cut Foot Sioux Lake.  The scenery is amazing with an old growth forest around the resort.  The owner wanted to save that forest as much as possible, but still maximize the usable space of the resort.  The owner was also […]

Northwood’s Bar & Grill: Elk River, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: This restaurant was relocating to a property with many site constrictions. The soils were disturbed and compacted and the only area available for tanks was under the parking lot. Solution: Traffic rated septic tanks were installed under the parking lot. A dig out was completed on the mound location to remove the damaged soils. […]

Forest City sewer update: Litchfield, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Many properties in this small community of 25 homes were in need of a septic system update. Due to the size of the lots, a community septic system was engineered by Wenck Associates. Some of the challenges for this project included working around existing infrastructure, coordinating with multiple homeowners, and connecting to new sewer […]

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park: Hastings, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: St Croix Bluffs Regional Park was adding a new shower facility, a new RV dump station, as well as the addition of sewered RV sites. Bedrock was found in the soil treatment area at 33”. The design flow for the proposed system was 4,678 GPD. The campground stayed open during the construction. Solution: Gravity […]

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT): Oak Lake Rest Stop, Erskine, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: This system update posed many challenges including construction of a drainfield in the median of a busy highway and installing a forcemain from the rest stop to the median without stopping traffic or shutting down the facility. Solution: One lane of the highway in both directions was closed to provide additional room for construction. […]

Island cabins with small lots Crane Island: Lake Minnetonka, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: Seven cabins on an island needed updating to bring them back into compliance. Since the systems were located on an island, construction would be very difficult. Solution: Peter Miller of Miller Environmental Inc. designed systems for each property on the island. The systems consisted of standard and advanced treatment depending on the site conditions. […]

Non-compliant mound update: Mille Lacs Lake Isle, MN

By Luke Olson | September 12, 2019

Overview: This customer had a non compliant mound system due to lack of separation distance to the seasonal high water table. The only space available for a drainfield was where the existing system was located. Solution: A Multi-Flo advanced treatment unit was installed to bring the system back into compliance. The existing tank and mound […]