Afton projects on hold because of tribes’ concerns

By Mary Devine, Pioneer Press, October 31st, 2016
Four major projects in downtown Afton are on hold after representatives of tribal governments expressed concerns about possible ancient American Indian burial sites.

This is why Afton is scanning for ancient Indian burial mounds

This is why Afton is scanning for ancient Indian burial mounds

By Mary Devine, Pioneer Press, March 28th, 2016
The city of Afton has hired Archaeo-Physics, LLC, to determine whether a proposed $4 million wastewater treatment project would threaten ancient American Indian burial sites. The meter is one of several methods being used to help map the area. The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, a state-level agency, has said the sewer project’s storm-water retention pond could pose a risk to the nearby burial mound called Rattlesnake Effigy. Under state law, the council has the authority to protect Indian burial sites.

Afton sewage treatment project threatens burial grounds

A plan to run septic lines near ancient burial grounds has raised concerns about damaging the sacred site and polluting nearby tributaries.

By Blair Emerson, Star Tribune, June 27th, 2015
The ancient American Indian burial mounds that curve along a slope in the Old Village of Afton embody a snake or a fish long seen as a powerful and eternal symbol in many Dakota and Ojibwe legends. But in recent months, a plan by Afton officials to install a $4 million sewage system has raised concerns about the preservation of those sacred mounds, located only a few hundred yards from the St. Croix River.

The St. Croix Valley is divided over proposed Afton sewer project

The St. Croix Valley is divided over proposed Afton sewer project

By Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin, June 1st, 2015
For many years, the communities of Afton, St. Mary’s Point and Lake St. Croix Beach have found themselves working collaboratively through joint powers agreements and a mayor alliance. “We work together on fire, we work together on police,” Afton City Administrator Ron Moorse said. “We have tended to work well together historically.” However, recently the communities have found themselves on opposite sides of the line thanks to differing views on Afton’s proposed sewer project, specifically the proposed treatment site, at 2318 St. Croix Trail.

Afton, neighbors clash over sewage treatment plans

By Mary Divine, Pioneer Press, May 10th, 2015
Afton and its neighbors to the northeast are bumping heads over the city’s plans for a $4 million sewage treatment facility. Afton says the community wastewater collection and treatment system planned just north of the city’s Old Village area is designed to protect the St. Croix River during flooding. But residents of nearby Lake St. Croix Beach and St. Mary’s Point fear the project would cause more environmental problems than it solves. Among other concerns, they fear that Valley Creek — a protected trout stream — could be harmed and groundwater near drinking water wells could be contaminated.