Duluth office

Duluth HighbridgeMPCA Duluth office
525 Lake Avenue South
Suite 400
Duluth, MN 55802

General: 218-723-4660
Toll free voice: 800-657-3864
Fax: 218-723-4727
Conference room: 218-723-6664
Greater Minnesota hazardous waste:
1-800-657-3724 (St. Paul staff contact)

Regional map of area served by Duluth officeArea of service

The Duluth Office serves the following counties: Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching, Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, and Cook.

Regional highlights

Lake Superior Shoreline

Lake Superior

Lake Superior Beach Monitoring

Lake Superior Beach Monitoring

Rainy River

Rainy River

St. Louis River - U.S. Steel Superfund Site

St. Louis River – U.S. Steel Superfund Site

St. Louis River/ Interlake/Duluth Tar Superfund Site

St. Louis River Interlake/Duluth Tar Superfund Site


Map to the Duluth office

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Driving directions: From Twin Cities I35: Take Exit 256 B to Lake Avenue, second stop light along Frontage Road, take a right onto Lake Avenue. Turn right on Buchanan Street.

From North Shore Hwy 61: Take Exit 256B off of I35, make a left onto Lake Avenue. Turn right onto Buchanan Street.

From Iron Range Hwy 53: Turn right onto Mesaba Avenue from Central Entrance. Turn left on 7th Street at the stop light. Go one block and take a right onto Lake Avenue. In the Canal Park District take a right onto Buchanan Street.

MPCA parking: Enter lot at the end of Buchanan Street, just before the blue foot bridge, take a left and drive toward the far end of the lot next to the Paulucci Building There is a parking charge for this lot from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There is free parking in some nearby lots during the winter; most adjacent parking options require a fee year-round.

Alternative transportation services: From within the Duluth city limits: From the Greyhound bus station, call 722-SAVE (the Duluth Transit Authority's schedule service) for city bus schedules to downtown and Park Point. Not all city buses are handicap accessible. Once downtown, transfer to the Park Point bus and disembark at the 500 block.

Staff directory

All staff can be reached at 800-657-3864.

The Duluth office serves the following counties: Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching, Carlton, St. Louis, Lake and Cook. Note: Remediation staff have a different service area (which is described in that staff's section).

Title Staff Phone
Duluth Region Manager Jeff Udd 218-302-6637
Buyer Jan Sandstrom 218-302-6635
Office & Administrative Specialist Kathy Kaviuk 218-302-6654
Office & Administrative Specialist Patty Parker 218-302-6655
Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate Sherry Mottonen 218-302-6656

Operations Division

Title Staff Phone
Communication and Outreach Section    
Public Information Officer III: Primary citizen, business and media contact for information, resource referrals, educational materials. Lucie Amundsen 218-302-6600
Information Systems Office    
Chief Information Security Officer Brian Matheson 218-302-6606
Information Technology Specialist 4 Melissa Rauner 218-302-6645
MN.IT Services Kris Parson 218-302-6622

Watershed Division

Title Staff Phone
Watershed Unit    
Watershed Unit Manager    
Watershed Project Manager Amy Mustonen 218-302-6638
Total Maximum Daily Loads Tom Estabrooks 218-302-6608
Watershed Project Manager Vacant  
Watershed Biologist Jenny Jasperson 218-302-6634
Clean Water Partnership/319 Projects / Local Water Plans / Total Maximum Daily Loads/Stressor ID Tom Schaub 218-302-6603
Watershed Project Manager Karen Evens 218-302-6644
Watershed Project Manager Mike Kennedy 218-302-6629
Impaired Waters Biologist Jeff Jasperson 218-302-6636
Watershed Ecologist Kevin Stroom 218-302-6671
Watershed Modeling Angus Vaughan 218-302-6672
Lake Superior Unit    
Supervisor Vacant  
Area of Concern Coordinator Barbara Huberty 218-302-6630
Lake Superior and Binational Programs Jesse Martus 218-302-6673
Project Manager  Vacant  
Project Manager Dan Breneman 218-302-6624

Municipal Division

Title Staff Phone

Municipal Wastewater Section

Construction Stormwater Permit Compliance and Enforcement Jim Dexter 218-302-6632
Wastewater Treatment Facility Permit Coordinator Deb Lindlief 218-302-6652
Sub-surface Sewage Treatment Systems/Rules and Policy Aaron S. Jensen 651-757-2544
Municipal Wastewater Engineering Review Margo Daniels 218-302-6661
State Pre-treatment Coordinator Jaramie Logelin 218-302-6640
Wastewater Permitting Stephanie Lyons 218-302-6643
Sub-surface Sewage Treatment Compliance and Enforcement/Technical Assistance Ian Harrison 218-302-6670
Wastewater / Industrial Stormwater Regulatory Compliance Craig Weingart 218-302-6650

Resource Management and Assistance Division

Title Staff Phone

Solid Waste Management Section

Solid Waste Unit Supervisor Heidi Kroening 218-302-6620
Industrial Wastewater and Stormwater Compliance Coordinator Kit Grayson 218-302-6627
Statewide Solid Waste Coordinator Samantha Adams 218-316-3892
Solid Waste Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Lee Field  218-302-6609

Industrial Division

Title Staff Phone

Land and Air Compliance Section

Manager Sarah Kilgriff 651-757-2492
Air Quality Compliance / Permits Steve Palzkill 218-302-6653
Wastewater Regulatory Compliance / Industrial Stormwater John Thomas 218-302-6616
Petroleum Storage Tanks Regulatory Compliance Jeff Brandon  218-302-6610
Asbestos Compliance Coordinator Kit Grayson 218-302-6627
Hazardous Waste Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Raj Heck 218-302-6647

Water Section

Engineering Review/ Industrial Wastewater Treatment Permits Scott Knowles 218-302-6651
Water Quality Permits Unit Supervisor Theresa Haugen 218-316-3920
Water Permit Writer Danielle Drussell 218-302-6611
Water Permit Writer Holly Johnson 218-302-6663
Water Permit Writer Katie Jardine 218-302-6674

Remediation Division

Title Staff Phone

Site Remediation and Redevelopment Section

Superfund / RCRA Unit Supervisor Crague Biglow 651-757-2229
Superfund Mike Bares 651-757-2210
Superfund Mark Elliott 218-302-6649
RCRA Corrective Actions / Superfund    

Petroleum Remediation Unit 1 Supervisor

Heidi Bauman 218-302-6607
Superfund Erin Endsley 218-302-6619
Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup Kevin Sikkila


Area of Concern Project Manager LaRae Lehto 218-302-6623
Area of Concern Project Manager Steven Schoff 651-757-2701

Closed Landfill and Emergency Management Section


Natural Resource Damage Program Coordinator

Susan Johnson 218-302-6601
Natural Resource Damage Program Student Worker Samantha Ykema 218-302-6615

Emergency Management Unit


Environmental Response Specialist

Kevin Mustonen 218-302-6641

Petroleum and Remediation Unit


Petroleum Remediation Project Leader

Laurie Kania 218-302-6639
Hydrogeologist 2 Nancy Rodning 218-302-6612

Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division

Title Staff Phone

Water Assessment and Environmental Information Section

Surface Water Quality Monitoring Jesse Anderson 218-302-6621
Groundwater Modeler Andrew Streitz 218-302-6617
Research Scientist/Standards Vacant  
Toxicologist Laura Solem 218-302-6628
Watershed Pollutant and Load Monitoring Unit    
Surface Water Load Monitoring Stacia Grayson 218-302-6631
Surface Water Load Monitoring Brittany Story 218-302-6626
Air Assessment Section    
Air Monitoring Lad Strzok 218-302-6618


  • Snowmelt in streams in DuluthPDF icon Duluth Metropolitan Area Streams Snowmelt Runoff Study: The streams of the North Shore of Lake Superior, including those within the Duluth Metropolitan Area, exhibit high flows coincident with snowmelt and spring rains. Urbanization of watersheds can have dramatic impacts on both the hydrology and water quality of streams. During snowmelt these impacts can be severe, because of the variety of contaminants concentrated in the snowpack. Four of the larger streams in the DMA were sampled to collect baseline water quality data during the snowmelt runoff period to improve our understanding of impact that may occur during or as a result of snowmelt. Samples were analyzed for pollutants commonly found in urban runoff and compared to water quality standards where available. This report includes a summary of recommendations and best management practices for the protection of surface waters during winter and snowmelt conditions.

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