Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Gearing Up: First Big Tunnel Of St. Louis Sewer System Upgrade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gearing-first-big-tunnel-st-louis-sewer-system-upgrade <p><strong><em>Updated 2/7/14 to correct the timeline of the lawsuit against MSD.</em></strong></p><p>The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is preparing for its first big dig.</p><p>Starting in a few days, MSD will begin construction of a 3,028 foot-long tunnel under the River Des Peres, just south of Carondelet.</p><p>The tunnel will hold a pressurized pipe that will carry sewage to the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Plant.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:43:47 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gearing Up: First Big Tunnel Of St. Louis Sewer System Upgrade St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-municipalities-look-rainscaping-prevent-runoff <p></p><p>With a large percentage of land paved over, St. Louis City and many other area municipalities have encountered problems with water runoff. In addition to the nuisance of standing water on streets, water runoff can cause health and environmental concerns.</p><p>The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the City of Frontenac and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all looking to one solution to the problem - RainScaping.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:24:27 +0000 Camille Phillips 32985 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff MSD Starts Review Of City Water Department http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-starts-review-city-water-department <p>The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has <a href="http://yourmsd.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/peer-to-peer-review-of-st-louis-city-water-division-details-kickoff/">unveiled exactly</a> what it will be doing for its review of the St. Louis city water department.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:47:55 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31784 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD Starts Review Of City Water Department State Supreme Court Strikes Down MSD Storm Water Fee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-supreme-court-strikes-down-msd-storm-water-fee <p><em>Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from MSD..</em></p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=67455">has ruled</a> that the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needed voter approval when it changed the way it funded storm water service.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:41:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Supreme Court Strikes Down MSD Storm Water Fee MSD Dealing With Another Sewage Spill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/msd-dealing-another-sewage-spill <p><strong>Updated at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday</strong></p><p>MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says several hundred thousand gallons of sewage have spilled from the broken main. The total size of the spill won't be known until repairs are complete.&nbsp;</p><p>The actual repair work will being around midnight Wednesday, and is expected to take four to six hours.&nbsp;If the work cannot be completed tomorrow morning, crews will have to wait until midnight Thusday before resuming work.</p><p><em>Our original story</em></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:55:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MSD Dealing With Another Sewage Spill Veolia Backs Out Of Controversial Contract With City Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/veolia-backs-out-controversial-contract-city-st-louis <p><strong>Updated with additional quotes.</strong></p><p>The French utility company Veolia has decided not to go forward with a $250,000 contract that would have reviewed the operations of the city of St. Louis water department.</p><p>Opponents of the company had raised questions about Veolia's corporate behavior and environmental record.</p><p>Mary Ellen Ponder, the deputy chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay, announced the company's decision today at a committee hearing on a bill that would have stripped the funding for the contract from the budget for this year.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:20:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Veolia Backs Out Of Controversial Contract With City Of St. Louis St. Louis Pump Failure Sending Sewage Into Flooded Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-pump-failure-sending-sewage-flooded-mississippi-river <p><strong>Updated April 29, 7:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>With the Mississippi River below 33 feet, MSD says it no longer has to use the pumps, and the flow of untreated wastewater into the river has stopped. The temporary pumps will remain in place.</p><p><strong>Updated April 29, 4 p.m.</strong></p><p>MSD officials say that with the Mississippi River dropping,&nbsp;the flow of untreated sewage has slowed to 16 million gallons a day. Crews continue to work on installing two temporary pumps to replace the ones that failed. The cause of the failure is still under investigation.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 25693 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Pump Failure Sending Sewage Into Flooded Mississippi River St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Names New Executive Director http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-metropolitan-sewer-district-names-new-executive-director <p>The St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District has named its new executive director, Brian Hoelscher.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:42:04 +0000 Kelsey Proud 24886 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Names New Executive Director St. Louis Sewer District Names Interim Leader http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-sewer-district-names-interim-leader <p>A nearly eight-year veteran of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will be the agency's interim executive director.</p><p>MSD announced today that Jonathon Sprague, its current director of operations, will succeed Jeff Theerman on a temporary basis when Theerman retires on Jan. 11, 2013.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:21:33 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 7477 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Sewer District Names Interim Leader State Supreme Court To Hear St. Louis Stormwater Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-supreme-court-hear-st-louis-stormwater-case <p></p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District can charge for stormwater service based on how much water a property absorbs. &nbsp;</p><p>The decision extends a nearly four-year-old legal battle over the agency’s so-called "impervious fee."&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-rejects-msd-stormwater-fee">Two lower courts</a> have ruled that it was not a fee at all, but a tax – and therefore had to be approved by voters under the Hancock Amednment.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:53:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5936 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Supreme Court To Hear St. Louis Stormwater Case