Winsted wastewater treatment facility modification is open for public review

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

St. Paul, Minn. — The city of Winsted has proposed upgrading its wastewater treatment facility and moving the existing continuous wastewater discharge location from South Lake to an unnamed ditch flowing into Crane Creek. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through June 24, 2015.

The EAW is meant to describe the ways in which the proposed project could affect air, water, land use and habitat, as well as potential community impacts, such as odors, noise, dust and vehicle traffic.

The city will build a new pretreatment facility, which will include various systems designed to help the city meet stricter standards for the water that is discharged from the plant. The project will improve the capability of the wastewater treatment facility. It will also relocate the wastewater discharge point away from South Lake, a shallow lake polluted with excess nutrients.

The public is invited to review and comment on the EAW, which is available on the MPCA’s website. The MPCA will use the comments it receives to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide whether a more comprehensive environmental review, an Environmental Impact Statement, is needed.

Comments must be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. June 24, 2015 to Nancy Drach, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194, by email to nancy.drach@state.mn.us, or by fax to 651-297-2343. Copies of the EAW are also available for review at this address, or upon request by calling 651-757-2101. Questions should be directed to Nancy Drach at 651-757-2317.