MESERB news release: Municipal wastewater facilities aid in COVID-19 research initiative

by MESERB Communications • May 11, 2020

For immediate release
Contact: Julie Liew

ST. PAUL— The Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB), a municipal joint powers organization with more than 50 member cities, sanitary districts and public utilities commissions that own and operate wastewater treatment [...] Read more

Upcoming MESERB events to be held online

by MESERB Communications • May 6, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to switch our planned in-person summer events to a virtual format using Zoom. Our previously scheduled two-day in-person annual meeting will now be condensed to a 90 minute virtual meeting on June [...] Read more

UMD seeks facilities to participate in COVID-19 wastewater study

by MESERB Communications • April 17, 2020

The University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School is launching a study to track the prevalence of COVID-19 by monitoring at wastewater facilities across the state. Recent studies in the Netherlands have shown that COVID-19 can be detected in wastewater. To [...] Read more

MPCA offers smart salting certification online

by MESERB Communications • April 7, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) smart salting certification trainings are now being offered online. The trainings are federally funded, and must be conducted in the next six months. Continuity of operations through May [...] Read more

Legislative Update – Funding, PFAS and Chloride

by MESERB Communications • March 31, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Minnesota Legislature came toan unexpected halt this month. While we didn’t anticipate such an abrupt stop, we want to provide our MESERB members with an update as to what has gone on at the Legislature this [...] Read more

Update on permit compliance and enforcement

by MESERB Communications • March 30, 2020

With the rise of COVID-19, local goverments may face difficulty complying with different aspects of their wastewater permit requirements. Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued statements and policies to assist [...] Read more

Update on Governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order, other regulatory materials

by MESERB Communications • March 27, 2020

This week, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, which is a “stay-at-home” order for everyone not subject to one of the “essential” exceptions (water and wastewater professionals full into the “essential” category). The order will be in effect from [...] Read more

How the Clean Water Council will consider Clean Water Fund proposals during 2020

by MESERB Communications • March 23, 2020

The Clean Water Council, by statute, makes recommendations on the use of the Clean Water Fund by Dec. 1 each even-numbered year. In recent years, the Council has submitted funding recommendations through the Governor’s budget process so that the Governor’s [...] Read more