Afton Wastewater Plant Spells Doom for Environmental Treasure, Say Locals

By Cory Zurowski, City Pages, April 17th, 2015
Valley Creek, considered by many to be Minnesota’s most cherished trout stream, starts as a whisper in the outback of Washington County. The pristine, gurgling waters of the St. Croix River tributary, which is home to more than 20 threatened and endangered species, snakes for miles before spilling into the river north of Afton.

Afton neighbors concerned new sewer system will affect trout stream

By Mary Divine, Pioneer Press, June 21th, 2014
Valley Creek, a protected trout stream, flows into the St. Croix River just north of Afton’s Old Village. The stream is home to brook, rainbow and brown trout, and is one of the few Minnesota trout streams that the Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have to stock. Jim and Kathy Golden, who live in Lake St. Croix Beach, say the cold-running creek is a jewel that needs to be protected at all costs. But the couple is worried about what will happen to Valley Creek if Afton proceeds with plans to pump sewage from 30 businesses and 70 houses in the Old Village underneath the stream.