Marion County Environmental Health Department is responsible for permitting and inspection private septic systems in the county.

  Marion County, Iowa - Environmental Health

Mission Statement: To enhance public health in Marion County through the promotion and protection of a healthy environment.

Environmental Health is an education and enforcement branch of the Public Health Department. It is responsible for addressing environmental concerns that affect the overall health and well-being of Marion County residents.

Septic Systems: Marion County has adopted and enforces Chapter 69 of the Iowa Code. Environmental Health is responsible for inspecting and permitting all private septic systems within the County.

Well Water: Environmental Health is responsible for ensuring proper installation and testing of wells and for the plugging of abandoned wells. This department can provide financial assistance for testing and plugging with grant money obtained from the Iowa DNR.

Public Pool and Tattoo Facility: Environmental Health inspects all public pools and tattoo facilities in Marion County to assure compliance of County and State regulations.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Environmental Health can provide testing kits and information on how to reduce radon levels in the home.

Investigations: Environmental Health responds to and investigates nuisance concerns and complaints that affect the environment and public health.

This includes:
General nuisance complaints
Animal bites
Illegal dumping
Ground water contamination
Hazardous conditions
Natural disasters


Septic Installation and Online Permit Application

Listed on the Environmental Health Department Forms page are documents to assist you if you have had flooding that affects your home, water system, or sewage system.

Click here to visit the Environmental Health Forms page.


The DNR and Iowa State University have created a series of videos designed to educate local officials and the general public in regard to flooding. The videos are divided into five categories: Introduction to the NFIP, Understanding Flooding, Floodplain Mapping, Floodplain Regulation, and Flood Insurance.

Flooding In Iowa web site

Dust and Mold At Harvest Time

The Dust and Mold problems normal for harvest time have been worsened by this summer's drought conditions. Click on the link below for additional information.

Q&A - Dust and Mold

Environment Health Office moving to new location. The new address is 2003 North Lincoln, Knoxville.

Department Head Name:
Kim Dorn
[email protected]

Environmental Health Program Manager:

Bridget Mohler

Phone (641) 828-2238 x251
Cell (641) 820-0122

Address of Environmental Health office:
2003 North Lincoln
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Usually open during lunch hours but call ahead to verify

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2238 x 251

FAX Number:
(641) 842-3442

Employees in
Environmental Health Office:

Field Assistant

Environmental Health Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Environmental Health office

Environmental Health Links:

South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency

Iowa Department of Public Health - Bureau of Environmental Health Services

Other Related Links:
Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA)

Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA)

Iowa DNR Water Quality


Cordova Observation Tower

Wooden coal miner statue in Memorial Park

Visit the Marion County Parks!

Cordova Observation Tower