MPCA recognizes critical work of 23 wastewater treatment facilities in northwestern Minnesota for operational excellence


April 20, 2021

Governor Tim Walz's thank you message - wastewater treatment facility awards 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today recognized 23 wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in northwestern Minnesota for outstanding permit compliance. To receive this recognition, facilities were required to demonstrate consistent compliance with monitoring, operations, and maintenance requirements, submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.

The following facilities in northwestern Minnesota have received the award (facilities are listed alphabetically by city):

Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, Alexandria Herman WWTP, Herman

Alvarado WWTP, Alvarado Hoffman WWTP, Hoffman

Bagley WWTP, Bagley Lake Park WWTP, Lake Park

Chokio WWTP, Chokio Lowry WWTP, Lowry

Urbank WWTP, Clitherall Moorhead WWTP, Moorhead

Dumont WWTP, Dumont Thumper Pond WWTP, Ottertail

Elbow Lake WWTP, Elbow Lake Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen, Park Rapids

Evansville WWTP, Evansville Perham WWTP, Perham

Fergus Falls WWTP, Fergus Falls Starbuck WWTP, Starbuck

Hallock WWTP, Hallock Marvin Windows and Doors, Warroad

Hancock WWTP, Hancock Wendell WWTP, Wendell

Hawley WWTP, Hawley

"The MPCA appreciates the considerable efforts by permittees and operators to protect and preserve water quality, especially during a global pandemic" said Dana Vanderbosch, Municipal Division Director at MPCA. "It is this kind of essential and difficult work that has kept Minnesotans and the environment protected during these unprecedented times."

A total of 292 wastewater treatment plants across Minnesota are being recognized for the award. Minnesota has approximately 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution, or treatment plant size were not factors in awarding the certificates.

A complete list of winners is available on the MPCA's Wastewater Treatment Facility Operations Award webpage.


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