MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.

MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine presented the certificates and praised award recipients for their persistent work and dedication to protecting water quality. "Governor Mark Dayton called for a year of water action by all Minnesotans. We at the MPCA are thankful that municipal wastewater operators have always been about water action, 24/7/365!"

To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring or surveys and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.

The awards were presented at the 80th annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park. The annual conference brings together wastewater operators from Minnesota for training and professional education. In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution or treatment plant size was not a factor in awarding the certificates.

A complete list of winners is available on the agency's Municipal Wastewater page. Pictures of awardees who picked up their awards in person are available on the MPCA's Flickr page.