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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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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of
race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious
creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with
disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain 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-

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027,
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online
at:, from any USDA office, by
calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the
complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged
discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
(ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027
form or letter must be submitted to:

1. Mail:
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
Alexandria, VA 22314; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.