Beneficial Reuse to Replace Groundwater Use Great River Energy
Article 2Clean Water FundSec. 4(c) $1,500,000 the first year and $3,169,000the second year are for grants underMinnesota Statutes, section 116.195, topolitical subdivisions for up to 50 percentof the costs to predesign, design, andimplement capital projects that use treatedmunicipal wastewater instead of groundwaterfrom drinking water aquifers, in order todemonstrate the beneficial use of wastewater,including the conservation and protection ofwater resources. Of this amount, $1,000,000the first year is for grants to ethanol plantsthat are within one and one-half miles of acity for improvements that reuse greater than300,000 gallons of wastewater per day.
Great River Energy (GRE) operates a power plant in the City of Elk River which generates electricity by incinerating municipal solid wastes. The plant is located proximate to the City of Elk River wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). This project will result in a corresponding reduction of groundwater use by GRE.