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Environmental Health

Areas of Environmental Health Responsibility

  • Licenses
    • Food and Beverage including Special Events and Non-profit Youth organizations
    • Lodging including Bed & Breakfast establishments
    • Pools including public pools & spas
    • Vacation Rental Homes additional permits are required, contact Planning & Zoning Department
    • Youth Camps
  • Radon:  Low cost Radon Kits are also available at from For  information on the effects of Radon, go to MDH Radon in Minnesota Homes webpage.  For a limited time, Short Term Radon Test Kits are available for free at the Lake County Health & Human Services Office in Two Harbors.
  • Private water sampling:  Lake County residents with wells that use groundwater for consumption should check their water at least once per year. Water quality can change for many different reasons which may include, but are not limited to weather, repair of plumbing and age of well equipment.  The testing should check your water for total coliform bacteria, fecal coliform bacteria and nitrate.  To find well water  information or to locate an Accredited Lab, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.  For an Accredited Laboratory for well water testing, click on ‘Accredited Laboratories/Well Water Testing’ on the left panel under ‘Related Topics’.
  • Safe Drinking Water Act: (licensed for transient, non-community water systems):Facilities that have groundwater may be entered into the Safe Drinking Water Act Program. This means that if a business has a well servicing their facility and they meet the definition of a transient, non-community water supply, they will have their water checked annually for coliform, fecal coliform and nitrate.

Residents are welcome to contact Environmental Health at Lake County Public Health (218-834-8400)  to inquire about the programs listed above and other issues that may affect them.

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Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.