Minnesota's Legacy

Southeast MN Wastewater Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$286,487
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
SE Minnesota Water Resources Board
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Dakota
Dodge
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Le Sueur
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Waseca
Winona
Dakota
Dodge
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Le Sueur
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Waseca
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$286,487
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Proposed measurable outcomes TBD

Measurable Outcome(s)

Continued technical assistance was provided to small communities as proposed, resulting in the elimination of up to 156,600 gallons of untreated sewage per day.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Recipient Board Members
Board information for grantees can be found within contact directories on BWSR's website under Operational Resources, "About Our Partners".
Project Overview

The lack of sewage treatment in many small communities in Southeast Minnesota is causing surface water and groundwater pollution. Fourteen of these small communities will receive technical assistance provided by this project. These communities have community or individual straight pipes which are discharging raw sewage directly to the environment, surfacing sewage, or have sewage contaminating groundwater. Working closely with county staff, local elected officials and the MPCA, 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. The Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative approach, combining education, facilitation, and technical assistance has been used successfully for twelve years in Southeast Minnesota and has helped twenty-two communities upgrade their sewage treatment systems, eliminating 317,290 gallons of untreated sewage per day from entering the Lower Mississippi River and Cedar River Basins (115 million gallons per year!). With the assistance provided by this project, a goal of five communities will construct new community sewage treatment systems, which will eliminate approximately 156,600 gallons of untreated sewage per day from entering the Lower Mississippi River and Cedar River Basins (57 million gallons per year). An additional nine communities will receive technical assistance to begin or continue their projects to upgrade their sewage treatment systems. These projects will make significant progress towards the achievement of the Lower Mississippi River Basin TMDL for Fecal Coliform Bacteria and the goals of county water plans in Southeast Minnesota.

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
55987
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