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News release

March 21, 2024


Jenn Hathaway, 651-757-2656,

MPCA recognizes wastewater treatment facilities statewide for excellence in 2023

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today recognized 253 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants for outstanding operations in 2023. To receive this recognition, facilities must demonstrate consistent compliance with monitoring, operations, and maintenance requirements; submit accurate, on-time reports to the MPCA; and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.

"Communities across Minnesota rely on wastewater treatment facilities to stay healthy and well,” said Nicole Blasing, Municipal Division director at MPCA. “Operators at these facilities are critical to protecting and preserving water quality, and the MPCA is deeply grateful for their considerable efforts and service to their community.”

The MPCA recognizes outstanding wastewater operators each year. Minnesota has approximately 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. A total of 767 facilities, from communities of all sizes, were reviewed, with 253 qualifying for the outstanding operations recognition.

More than 50 years ago, the Clean Water Act established the basic framework for regulating pollution in waters by creating water quality standards to protect drinking water and to maintain a healthy aquatic community for animal and recreational uses. These standards led to wastewater treatment facilities improving the cleanliness of water before water is returned to a river or stream.

Adams WWTP (MN0021261)AdamsMower
Aitkin WWTP (MN0020095)AitkinAitkin
Akeley WWTP (MN0052345)AkeleyHubbard
Albert Lea WWTP (MN0041092)Albert LeaFreeborn
Albertville WWTP (MN0050954)AlbertvilleWright
Altona Hutterian Brethren WWTP (MNG585385)HendersonSibley
Altura WWTP (MN0021831)AlturaWinona
Anchor Bay Mobile Home Park (MNG585058)BaudetteLake Of The Woods
Annandale/Maple Lake/Howard Lake WWTP (MN0066966)Maple LakeWright
Argyle WWTP (MNG585140)ArgyleMarshall
Balaton WWTP (MN0020559)BalatonLyon
Barnesville WWTP (MN0022501)BarnesvilleClay
Battle Lake WWTP (MN0051829)Battle LakeOtter Tail
Beaver Creek WWTP (MNG585055)Beaver CreekRock
Bejou WWTP (MNT064688)BejouMahnomen
Bel Clare Estates WWTP (MN0045721)Saint CloudStearns
Belgrade WWTP (MN0051381)BelgradeStearns
Big Falls WWTP (MNG585135)Big FallsKoochiching
Bigelow WWTP (MNG585224)BigelowNobles
Blomkest Svea Sewer Board WWTP (MNG585372)BlomkestKandiyohi
Blooming Prairie WWTP (MN0021822)Blooming PrairieDodge
Blue Earth WWTP (MN0020532)Blue EarthFaribault
Bongards' Creameries - Perham (MN0047228)PerhamOtter Tail
Boomerang Laboratories (MN0066508)Spring ParkHennepin
Bowlus WWTP (MN0020923)BowlusMorrison
Brainerd WWTP (MN0049328)BaxterCrow Wing
Breezy Point WWTP (MN0047457)Breezy PointCrow Wing
Brooten WWTP (MNG585271)BrootenStearns
Browerville WWTP (MN0022926)BrowervilleTodd
Browns Valley WWTP (MN0022942)Browns ValleyBig Stone
Buffalo Lake WWTP (MNG585373)Buffalo LakeRenville
Buffalo WWTP (MN0040649)BuffaloWright
Byron WWTP (MN0049239)ByronOlmsted
Callaway WWTP (MNT022985)CallawayBecker
Cambridge WWTP (MN0020362)CambridgeIsanti
Campbell WWTP (MNG585130)CampbellWilkin
Canby WWTP (MNG585154)CanbyYellow Medicine
Canton WWTP (MN0023001)CantonFillmore
Cass Lake WWTP (MN0049981)Cass LakeCass
Cedar Mills WWTP (MN0066605)Cedar MillsMeeker
Chandler WWTP (MN0039748)ChandlerMurray
Chisago Lakes Joint STC (MN0055808)Chisago CityChisago
Chokio WWTP (MNG585007)ChokioStevens
Clara City WWTP (MN0023035)Clara CityChippewa
Clarks Grove WWTP (MNG585067)Clarks GroveFreeborn
Clear Lake/Clearwater Sewer Authority (MN0047490)Clear LakeSherburne
Climax WWTP (MNG585169)ClimaxPolk
Cokato WWTP (MN0049204)CokatoWright
Cold Spring WWTP (MN0023094)Cold SpringStearns
Comfrey WWTP (MN0021687)ComfreyBrown
Community of Roseland WWTP (MNG585393)BlomkestKandiyohi
Cook WWTP (MNG585179)CookSt. Louis
Country Meadows WWTP (MN0065978)ZimmermanSherburne
Credit River city of - Monterey H&S Passage (MN0066389)Credit RiverScott
Credit River city of - Territory (MN0066826)Prior LakeScott
Crosslake WWTP (MN0064882)CrosslakeCrow Wing
Cyrus WWTP (MN0052396)CyrusPope
Dairiconcepts LP (MN0044628)DalboIsanti
Deer River WWTP (MNG585181)Deer RiverItasca
Delhi WWTP (MN0067008)DelhiRedwood
Dexter WWTP (MNG585228)DexterMower
Dodge Center WWTP (MN0021016)Dodge CenterDodge
Dundee WWTP (MNG585349)FuldaMurray
Elmore WWTP (MNG585110)ElmoreFaribault
Elysian WWTP (MNG585285)ElysianLe Sueur
Evan WWTP (MNG585202)EvanBrown
Fertile WWTP (MNG585138)FertilePolk
Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery (MN0000418)RosemountDakota
Franklin WWTP (MN0021083)FranklinRenville
Frazee WWTP (MN0022021)FrazeeOtter Tail
Freeport WWTP (MNG585019)FreeportStearns
Gaylord WWTP (MNG585204)GaylordSibley
GEM Sanitary District (MNG585205)GreenwaldStearns
Gilman WWTP (MNG585021)GilmanBenton
Glacial Lakes SSWD (MN0052752)SpicerKandiyohi
Glencoe WWTP (MN0022233)GlencoeMcLeod
Glenwood WWTP (MN0052710)GlenwoodPope
Graceville WWTP (MN0023540)GracevilleBig Stone
Grand Meadow WWTP (MN0023558)Grand MeadowMower
Grasston WWTP (MN0025691)GrasstonKanabec
Green Plains Otter Tail LLC (MN0068357)Fergus FallsOtter Tail
Greenfield WWTP (MN0063762)GreenfieldHennepin
Grey Eagle WWTP (MN0023566)Grey EagleTodd
Hackensack WWTP (MN0053490)HackensackCass
Hancock WWTP (MNG585299)HancockStevens
Harris WWTP (MN0050130)HarrisChisago
Hawley WWTP (MN0020338)HawleyClay
Hayfield WWTP (MN0023612)HayfieldDodge
Hayward WWTP (MNG585391)HaywardFreeborn
Heartland Hutterian Brethren WWTP (MNG585195)Lake BentonPipestone
Hendricks WWTP (MNG585377)HendricksLincoln
Hendrum WWTP (MNG585176)HendrumNorman
Herman WWTP (MNG585177)HermanGrant
Hewitt WWTP (MNG585024)HewittTodd
Hills of Spring Creek WWTP (MN0071315)Baytown TownshipWashington
Hinckley WWTP (MN0023701)HinckleyPine
Hitterdal WWTP (MNG585178)HitterdalClay
Hoffman WWTP (MNG585134)HoffmanGrant
Hutchinson WWTP (MN0055832)HutchinsonMcLeod
Ihlen WWTP (MN0063100)IhlenPipestone
Isanti WWTP (MN0023795)IsantiIsanti
Jackson Meadow WWTP (MN0064106)Marine on Saint CroixWashington
Jasper WWTP (MNG585026)JasperRock
Jordan WWTP (MN0020869)JordanScott
Kimball WWTP (MN0052647)KimballStearns
Lake Beauty Bible Camp (MN0064050)Long PrairieTodd
Lake Benton WWTP (MN0023884)Lake BentonLincoln
Lake Bronson WWTP (MNG585029)Lake BronsonKittson
Lake City WWTP (MN0020664)Lake CityWabasha
Lake Lillian WWTP (MNG585225)Lake LillianKandiyohi
Laketown Community WWTP (MN0054399)ChaskaCarver
Lamberton WWTP (MNG585100)LambertonRedwood
Lamb-Weston/RDO Frozen (MN0051454)Park RapidsHubbard
Lansing Township WWTP (MN0063461)LansingMower
Le Center WWTP (MN0023931)Le CenterLe Sueur
Le Roy WWTP (MN0021041)Le RoyMower
Lester Prairie WWTP (MN0023957)Lester PrairieMcLeod
Lincoln Pipestone Rural Wtr Holland Well (MN0064351)PipestonePipestone
Linwood Terrace (MN0054372)WyomingAnoka
Lismore Hutterian Brethren Inc (MN0064149)ClintonBig Stone
Little Falls WWTP (MN0020761)Little FallsMorrison
Long Prairie WWTP (MN0066079)Long PrairieTodd
Longville WWTP (MNG585208)LongvilleCass
Lonsdale WWTP (MN0031241)LonsdaleRice
Lowry WWTP (MNG585123)LowryPope
LSP Cottage Grove Cogeneration Facility (MN0062821)Cottage GroveWashington
Lucan WWTP (MNG585112)LucanRedwood
Mabel WWTP (MN0020877)MabelFillmore
Magnolia WWTP (MNG585190)MagnoliaRock
Mahnomen WWTP (MNT024066)MahnomenMahnomen
Marine on Saint Croix WWTP (MN0054160)Marine on Saint CroixWashington
Marshall WWTP (MN0022179)MarshallLyon
Mayer WWTP (MN0021202)MayerCarver
Maynard WWTP (MN0056588)MaynardChippewa
Mazeppa WWTP (MN0046752)MazeppaWabasha
McGregor WWTP (MN0024023)McGregorAitkin
MDNR Myre Big Island State Park (MN0033740)Albert LeaFreeborn
Meadows of Whisper Creek WWTP (MN0066753)GreenfieldHennepin
Meriden Township WWTP (MNG585319)OwatonnaSteele
Met Council - Blue Lake WWTP (MN0029882)ShakopeeScott
Met Council - Empire WWTP (MN0045845)FarmingtonDakota
Met Council - Rogers WWTP (MN0029629)RogersHennepin
Met Council - Saint Croix Valley WWTP (MN0029998)Oak Park HeightsWashington
Met Council - Seneca WWTP (MN0030007)EaganDakota
Met Council Hastings WWTP (MN0029955)HastingsDakota
MG Waldbaum Co (MN0060798)GaylordSibley
MG Waldbaum/Michael Foods Lake Prairie (MN0064327)Le SueurNicollet
Milaca WWTP (MN0024147)MilacaMille Lacs
Milan WWTP (MNG585141)MilanChippewa
Minneota WWTP (MNG585033)MinneotaLyon
MNDOT Albert Lea Travel Information Ctr (MN0044458)GlenvilleFreeborn
MNDOT Enterprise Rest Area (MN0048844)LewistonWinona
MNDOT Straight River Rest Area (MN0049514)OwatonnaSteele
Mobile Manor Park (MN0056197)ShakopeeScott
Montgomery WWTP (MN0024210)MontgomeryLe Sueur
Monticello WWTP (MN0020567)MonticelloWright
Montrose WWTP (MN0024228)MontroseWright
Moorhead WWTP (MN0049069)MoorheadClay
Morris WWTP (MN0021318)MorrisStevens
Morton WWTP (MN0051292)MortonRenville
Mountain Lake WWTP (MN0021466)Mountain LakeCottonwood
Neuhof Hutterian Brethren (MNG585113)Mountain LakeCottonwood
New Auburn WWTP (MN0041149)New AuburnSibley
New Prague WWTP (MN0020150)New PragueScott
New Richland WWTP (MN0021032)New RichlandWaseca
New Ulm WWTP (MN0030066)New UlmBrown
New York Mills WWTP (MN0054330)New York MillsOtter Tail
Nielsville WWTP (MNG585166)NielsvillePolk
Northome WWTP (MNG585185)NorthomeKoochiching
Northrop WWTP (MN0024384)NorthropMartin
Northshore Mining Co - Peter Mitchell (MN0046981)BabbittSt. Louis
Norwood Young America WWTP (MN0024392)Norwood Young AmericaCarver
NuStar - Moorhead Terminal (MN0000485)MoorheadClay
Odessa WWTP (MNG585099)OdessaBig Stone
Oklee WWTP (MNG585038)OkleeRed Lake
Onamia WWTP (MN0052906)OnamiaMille Lacs
Oslo WWTP (MNG585379)OsloMarshall
Otsego East WWTP (MN0064190)OtsegoWright
Owatonna WWTP (MN0051284)OwatonnaSteele
Parkers Prairie WWTP (MN0024465)Parkers PrairieOtter Tail
Pemberton WWTP (MNG585075)PembertonBlue Earth
Pequot Lakes WWTP (MN0021661)Pequot LakesCrow Wing
Perham WWTP (MN0024473)PerhamOtter Tail
Pine Island WWTP (MN0024511)Pine IslandGoodhue
Plainview-Elgin Sanitary District (MN0055361)PlainviewWabasha
Porter WWTP (MNG585128)PorterYellow Medicine
Princeton WWTP (MN0024538)PrincetonSherburne
Red Wing WWTP (MN0024571)Red WingGoodhue
Redwood Falls WWTP (MN0020401)Redwood FallsRedwood
Renville WWTP (MN0020737)RenvilleRenville
Rich Prairie Sewer Treatment Facility (MNG585211)PierzMorrison
Richmond WWTP (MN0024597)RichmondStearns
Ridges of Rice Lake WWTP (MN0065935)Elk RiverSherburne
Rochester WWTP/Water Reclamation Plant (MN0024619)RochesterOlmsted
Rockford WWTP (MN0024627)RockfordWright
Rollingstone WWTP (MNG585078)RollingstoneWinona
Rose Creek WWTP (MN0024651)Rose CreekMower
Rushford WWTP (MN0024678)RushfordFillmore
Russell WWTP (MNG585062)RussellLyon
Ruthton WWTP (MNG585105)RuthtonPipestone
Saint Clair WWTP (MN0024716)Saint ClairBlue Earth
Saint George District Sewer System (MN0064785)GibbonNicollet
Saint Hilaire WWTP (MNG585334)Saint HilairePennington
Saint James WWTP (MN0024759)Saint JamesWatonwan
Saint Leo WWTP (MN0024775)Saint LeoYellow Medicine
Sauk Centre WWTP (MN0024821)Sauk CentreStearns
Seneca Foods Corp (MN0001279)MontgomeryLe Sueur
Serpent Lake WWTP (MNG585215)CrosbyCrow Wing
Sibley State Park WWTP (MN0033766)New LondonKandiyohi
Silver Lake WWTP (MNG585164)Silver LakeMcLeod
Springfield WWTP (MN0024953)SpringfieldBrown
Staples WWTP (MN0024988)StaplesTodd
Starbuck WWTP (MN0021415)StarbuckPope
Storden WWTP (MNG585106)StordenCottonwood
Taunton WWTP (MNG585090)TauntonLyon
Thumper Pond WWTP (MN0066231)OttertailOtter Tail
Truman WWTP (MN0021652)TrumanMartin
Twin Valley WWTP (MNG585137)Twin ValleyNorman
Tyler WWTP (MNG585116)TylerLincoln
United Taconite LLC - Fairlane Plant (MN0052116)ForbesSt. Louis
Upsala WWTP (MNG585053)UpsalaMorrison
Urbank WWTP (MNG585343)UrbankOtter Tail
Utica WWTP (MN0022055)UticaWinona
Verndale WWTP (MN0025119)VerndaleWadena
Vernon Center WWTP (MN0030490)Vernon CenterBlue Earth
Villard WWTP (MN0068144)VillardPope
Wabasha WWTP (MN0025143)WabashaWabasha
Wabasso WWTP (MN0025151)WabassoRedwood
Wadena WWTP (MN0020672)WadenaWadena
Wahkon WWTP (MNG585051)WahkonMille Lacs
Waldorf WWTP (MN0021849)WaldorfWaseca
Walker WWTP (MN0041157)WalkerCass
Walnut Grove WWTP (MN0021776)Walnut GroveRedwood
Warren WWTP (MNG585073)WarrenMarshall
Warroad WWTP (MN0025194)WarroadRoseau
Waseca WWTP (MN0020796)WasecaWaseca
Watkins WWTP (MN0051365)WatkinsStearns
Wheaton WWTP (MNG585044)WheatonTraverse
Wheeler's Point Sanitary District (MN0071048)BaudetteLake Of The Woods
Whitewater River Regional WWTP (MN0046868)Saint CharlesWinona
Willmar WWTP (MN0025259)WillmarKandiyohi
Wilmes Lake Alum Treatment Facility (MN0071749)WoodburyWashington
Windsor Meadows WWTF (MN0067768)Elk RiverSherburne
Windsor Oaks of Elk River Home Owners Association (MN0066613)Elk RiverSherburne
Windsor Park Homeowner's Association (MN0065412)Elk RiverSherburne
Winnebago WWTP (MN0025267)WinnebagoFaribault
Winthrop WWTP (MN0051098)WinthropSibley
Winton WWTP (MNG585187)WintonSt. Louis
Woodstock WWTP (MNG585192)WoodstockPipestone
Worthington WWTP (MN0031186)WorthingtonNobles
Wyldewood Acres WWTP (MN0066567)ScandiaWashington
Zumbro Falls WWTP (MN0051004)Zumbro FallsWabasha
Zumbrota WWTP (MN0025330)ZumbrotaGoodhue

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