The state of Missouri was also a party to the 2007 lawsuit, but did not approve the settlement.
The agreement will, among other things, require MSD to:
The settlement is likely to cause an increase in monthly sewer rates. They are already scheduled to hit $29 in July. The district's rate commission is still working to determine the best way to raise the money needed to fund the required improvements.
The settlement still needs a judge's approval. An MSD spokesman says he's not sure what the state's disagreement with the settlement means for that step.