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Chris Behrens
Chris Behrens

Chris Behrens of rural Clutier began work in May of 2021 as the Tama County Environmental Health Officer. Behrens, a Tama County native, is an engineer with Waterloo Fire Rescue. He and his wife Andrea live in east central Tama County and have three children. He was interested in the position because of a love of outdoors and environmental conservation. The on-call nature of his work as a fireman allows him to remain flexible and accessible to contractors and property owners with septic system design and installation during construction season.

Behrens will work to make sure site analysis and soil sampling is completed with septic system installations to make sure the system is the best fit for the environment around it and not posing a hazard to waterways.

Behrens suggests regular preventative maintenance on septic systems such as regular pumping and cleaning of filters can do a lot to help systems work longer and be more efficient.

If you are planning to install a septic system, sell a house with a septic system, need a well tested, have a nuisance issue or need a radon kit, contact Chris at 641-484-4788.

General Services

·  Issues septic and well permits
·  Administers Grants-To-Counties funds for water testing, well plugging and well rehabilitation
·  Work with the local Board of Health on Environmental Health Topics
·  Educates the public on Environmental Health Topics


Current Programs

Indoor Air Quality
What causes indoor air problems? Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air….
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West Nile Virus

When dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Fighting mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting this disease, along with others that mosquitoes can carry...

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Water Quality
A Volunteer program to assist in the monitoring of the water quality in the bodies of
water throughout Iowa.
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Septic System Operations

Well Operations

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