Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$263,400
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
SE Minnesota Water Resources Board
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Dakota
Dodge
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Le Sueur
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Waseca
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$263,400
Other Funds Leveraged
$65,850
Direct expenses
$263,400
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.07
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Two wastewater facilitators are proposed, resulting in pollution reductions for BOD, TSS, Phosphorus, and Nitrogen

Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Members for SE Minnesota Water Resources Board are:
Project Overview

The lack of sewage treatment in many small communities in Southeast Minnesota is causing surface water and groundwater pollution. Ten of these small communities will be the target of the technical assistance provided by this project. These communities have community or individual straight pipes which are discharging raw sewage directly into the environment, surfacing sewage, or have sewage contaminating groundwater.

Working closely with county staff and local elected officials, two staff will provide a wide range of technical assistance to help these small communities follow the many steps needed to upgrade their sewage treatment systems. These steps include forming community task forces, studying the large number of sewage treatment system options, applying for and pursuing funding, forming sewer districts, preparing ordinances, and developing operation and management plans.

With the assistance provided by this project, a goal of six communities will construct new community sewage treatment systems, which will eliminate approximately 152,550 gallons of untreated sewage per day from entering the Lower Mississippi River and Cedar River Basins (55 million gallons per year). These projects will make significant progress towards the achievement of the Lower Mississippi River Basin Total Maximum Daily Load for Fecal Coliform Bacteria.

Project Manager
First Name
Linda
Last Name
Dahl
Organization Name
SE Minnesota Water Resources Board
Street Address
Winona State University
City
Winona
State
MN
Zip Code
559875838
Phone
507-457-5223
Email
ldahl@winona.edu
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
NO
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp