Environmental Services
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For Immediate Release
Dodge County has declared a State of Emergency in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-
19 virus.
Dodge County wants to ensure the safety of its employees and communities by limiting the
spread of this infectious disease.
Effective at the end of business today (3/19/20) all Dodge County facilities will be closed to the
public during this state of emergency. Dodge County Transfer Station is also closed to the public during this time. 
All Dodge County employees will continue to work and perform essential functions and we have
every intention on continuing to provide services to the people of our communities.
We encourage anyone needing to conduct business with Dodge County to call in to arrange
Please go to the department pages for additional information on conducting business with each department.

The Environmental Services Department provides services for the protection of public health and the environment. These services include waste disposal, recycling, composting, hazardous waste treatment, and water testing. The Environmental Department, together with the Zoning Office, enforces regulations including septic systems, storm water management, shoreland use, wetland conservation, and solid waste disposal.

The Zoning Office is responsible for regulating land use through administration and enforcement of the Dodge County Zoning Ordinance, Dodge County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance, and the Dodge County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The office is also responsible for feedlot assistance through a jointly funded Feedlot Technician position at the Dodge SWCD.  

Zoning duties include, but are not limited to, receiving and reviewing land use applications, including Zoning Permits, Conditional Use Permits, Interim Use Permits, Variance requests, Amendment requests and Appeals.  Staff also receive and review septic permits, perform soil verifications and inspections of new sewage treatment systems.  In addition, zoning staff provide regulatory information and education on special areas such as floodplains, shorelands and wetlands.   The office also investigates land use complaints and violations and pursues compliance with zoning regulations, septic regulations and permit conditions.     

The Environmental and Zoning Offices have combined to provide customers a one stop location for services related to land use and the environment. 


Check out the Waste Wizard on the Garbage and Recycling Page!

aste-to-Energy Service Fee Increase effective March 1, 2020. See Fact Sheet

2020-2021 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for Dodge County Transfer Station/Recycling Center

Dodge County now Quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer

To learn more, read the following: EAB News Release

Like us on Facebook and stay up to date with the Dodge County Environmental Services Department. 

Have you tested your home for Radon? Free radon kits are available at Dodge County Environmental Services- 2nd floor of the Government Services Building. We just received our shipment of kits so come on in and see us.  

Click on the links below for more information on the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment
SepticClean Legacy
To view Dodge County stories click below:
Septics - 2010- 2011- 2012 - 2013
Water Quality

2012 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shoreland  WCA
2013 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shoreland  WCA
2014 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS  Shorelend  WCA 
2015 NRBG Reports - Feedlot  LWM  SSTS   SSTS Incentive  Shoreland  WCA
2016 NRBG Reports - LWM  SSTS  SSTS Upgrade  SSTS Incentive  Shoreland WCA
2017 NRBG Reports - LWM  SSTS  SSTS Incentive  SSTS Upgrade  SSTS Upgrade #2  Shoreland  WCA

"2017 Dodge County Water Monitoring Update" Powerpoint presentation.
GRANT FUNDING may be available for failing septic systems. See Septic Systems page for details and application.  

PHONE:   507-635-6272  ZONING
                507-635-6273  ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
MARK GAMM                         EVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIRECTOR                mark.gamm@co.dodge.mn.us
KEN PAULSON                      SOLID WASTE FACILITY MANAGER                        
RITA COLE                            ASST. WASTE MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATOR          rita.cole@co.dodge.mn.us 

DEAN SCHRANDT                 WATER PROGRAM MANAGER                             dean.schrandt@co.dodge.mn.us
KAITLYN SMITH                    HEALTH EDUCATOR/ENV TECHNICIAN                kaitlyn.smith@co.dodge.mn.us 
MELISSA DEVETTER             ZONING ADMINISTRATOR                                melissa.devetter@co.dodge.mn.us
ELIZABETH HARBAUGH      SSTS PROGRAM MANAGER                          elizabeth.harbaugh@co.dodge.mn.us