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

Flushing reminder: COVID-19 preparedness extends to sewer pipes

by MESERB Communications • March 18, 2020

Due to an increased demand and subsequent shortages of toilet paper as a result of COVID-19, we have heard of the increased use and flushing of non-flushable materials such as baby wipes, napkins and paper towels. We encourage you to [...] Read more

Update to our members in light of COVID-19

by MESERB Communications • March 17, 2020

COVID-19 is of course interrupting the daily course of business for people everywhere, and we hope you are all healthy and taking the recommended safety precautions at home and in the workplace. With that being said, we are working hard [...] Read more