The Lower Minnesota River has a dissolved oxygen impairment. During low flows, excess phosphorus generates algal blooms. Eventually, the algae die off and decompose, and the decomposition process creates a shortage of the dissolved oxygen needed to sustain aquatic life.
In response to this impairment, the MPCA developed the Lower Minnesota River dissolved oxygen total maximum daily load (TMDL). The TMDL required the development of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit – Phase I.
The permit required the 40 larger existing continuously discharging wastewater treatment facilities in the basin to apply for coverage and receive a five-month mass phosphorus limit, to ensure that there is no net increase of phosphorus discharged to the basin. The permit also requires that all new and expanding continuously discharging phosphorus dischargers (even if they are not a wastewater treatment facility) within the basin to apply for permit coverage. Stabilization ponds are subject to a different set of requirements. See the permit for details.
Permits and additions
This is the original permit issued on December 1, 2005. Appendix B of the permit lists the original 40 permittees.
Permittees added to Appendix B of the permit since the date of permit issuance. (Last update Sept. 2020)
Phosphorus limit conversion sheet (pounds to kilograms) for facilities listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit - Phase 1 (wq-b3-19)Permittee's 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limits converted from pounds to kilograms. (This conversion sheet is necessary because the permit listed phosphorus limits in pounds, but requires reporting phosphorus discharges in kilograms.)
Legal contract-to-trade forms for transfers of Jordan Trading Units
Permittees (i.e., those listed in Appendix B of the permit) have the option of buying or selling phosphorus credits according to the terms of the permit. Permittees may trade facility to facility (one buyer and one seller) or trade through a Trade Association (multiple facilities trading with an aggregate limit). In order to implement a trade, the trading partners must fill-out, sign and submit the appropriate trade form. Additional forms related to trade associations are available upon request.
For trades made between two individual permittees
- For Permittees requesting an exclusion from their 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit, Pre-season Implementation Plan (PIP), and Annual Compliance Report requirements (Requirements).
Facilities listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit are required to submit a PIP unless they have obtained an exclusion from their 5-month mass phosphorus limit.
Annual compliance report forms
Facilities listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit are required to submit an annual compliance report unless they have received an exclusion from their five-month mass phosphorus limit.
MNG42 updates and process for exclusion
Explains permanent exclusion once a facility complies with RES limits.