Current Project Status
Treatment Building- Information from Public Hearing
CWH-HR P#18-1 Public Hearing Notice - October 2018
The Clearwater River Watershed District was successful in being awarded 80% funding from the Point Source Implementation Program on behalf of the residents on the Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River Sanitary Sewer Systems. The funding is necessary to make treatment system upgrades needed to meet new (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) MPCA permit requirements.
However, the Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIF) funding source has been challenged by a lawsuit from the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), and is on hold indefinitely.
Our legislators were key in supporting the House Bill 3332 and Senate Bill 3415 that amended Minnesota Statue 446A.073 to increase Wastewater Infrastructure Funding Program from 50% to 80%.
With the lawsuit in play, we will need their support again to move funding through. We have included a sample form letter that residents can use to prepare a personal letter to their legislators urging support for releasing the PSIG program funding at 80% through additional legislative action early this session.
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The Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River Sanitary Sewer Systems were constructed in the early-to-mid 2000s at a cost of ~$2 million, paid for by residents via special assessments. The Clearwater River Watershed District was petitioned by the developer of the Hidden River plat to construct the Hidden River system, while the Stearns County Board of Commissioners petitioned the Clearwater Harbor system. The two sewer systems are located north of Clearwater Lake. The systems treat wastewater for 112 properties in a manner that must protect groundwater as well as nearby surface waters from sewage pollution.
The systems are permitted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The permit has a robust set of requirements which includes groundwater monitoring for nitrogen levels. The original MPCA permit required monitoring of nitrogen via groundwater monitoring wells, but in 2014 the permit changed to require that nitrogen not exceed 10mg/liter at said wells. One of the monitoring wells located down-gradient of the drain fields for the two systems has had total concentrations above 20mg/liter, exceeding the MPCA policy standards. As such, the MPCA mandated the CRWD address these levels and develop a nitrogen mitigation and analysis plan (NMAP). By May 30, 2019, the CRWD must demonstrate to the MPCA the nitrogen policy standards are being met in order to comply with the permit.
Beginning in 2014, the CRWD Board of Managers has developed the required NMAP and has progressed on implementation, culminating in the establishment of CRWD Project #18-1. In regards to implementation, the following has been accomplished:
In addition, the CRWD Board of Managers has set forth the following positions in regards to this project:
Reports & Memorandums
CRWD Board of Managers Minutes
MPCA permit, request for permit extension