Clean Water Act

Clean Water Act
6:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

EPA Approves Missouri's New Water Quality Standards, But Do They Go Far Enough?

The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Missouri Ozarks are among the most pristine in the state. The U.S. EPA has recommended that Missouri designate waters with particularly diverse or rare aquatic species as "exceptional aquatic habitat," which would provide them with a higher level of protection.
Credit National Parks Service

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a major overhaul of Missouri's water quality standards.

The state approved the new regulations in November but needed federal approval to start enforcing them.

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MSD Consent Decree
6:43 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Gearing Up: First Big Tunnel Of St. Louis Sewer System Upgrade

The cutterhead support of the Tunnel Boring Machine is lowered into the starter tunnel shaft.
RiverCity Images

Updated 2/7/14 to correct the timeline of the lawsuit against MSD.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is preparing for its first big dig.

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.

The tunnel will hold a pressurized pipe that will carry sewage to the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Water Quality
2:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Missouri Approves Sweeping Revisions Of Clean Water Standards

Missouri's new clean water standards will protect tens-of-thousands of additional miles of rivers and streams.
Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. with quote by Sara Parker Pauley; updated at 3:41 p.m. with quote by Lorin Crandall.

The Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.

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MSD consent decree
12:21 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Federal judge approves MSD consent decree

A federal judge has approved a consent decree that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to spend almost $5 billion on removing illegal sewer bypasses, like the one pictured here.
(courtesy of Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

Updated at 5:45 with statement from the Attorney General's office.

Updated at 2:00 with comments from MSD, Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

A federal judge in Missouri has given her approval to a consent decree that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to make billions of dollars in improvements to settle Clean Water Act violations.

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Water Pollution
4:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. A new tool from the Environmental Protection Agency allows the public to access information about pollutants released into local waterways.
(via flickr/benclark)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new tool that allows the public to access information about pollutants that are released into local waterways.

The Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and lets users search for and map water pollution.

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MSD - St. Louis Sewers
6:35 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 2: paying to fix a messy problem

Workers have been putting in new cement pipes and storm drains in St. Louis’ Tower Grove South neighborhood in an effort to stop basement backups.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has resolved a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency with promises to fix its aging system.

But the consent decree, which still must be signed off on by a federal judge, comes with a huge price tag, an estimated $4.7 billion over 23 years.

In the second of a two-part series on the overhaul of the sewer district, St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman explains MSD’s rate payers will be picking up the tab.

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MSD - St. Louis Sewers
6:35 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Inside the St. Louis sewer system, Part 1: fixing a messy problem

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is required to post warning signs near every sewer overflow.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

This summer, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District settled a four-year lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act.

Under the terms of the consent decree, MSD will spend the next 23 years upgrading the St. Louis area sewer system.

In the first of a two-part series on the sewer overhaul, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra looks at the problems with our sewers—and what it’s going to take to fix them.

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MSD rate hearings
9:30 am
Mon August 15, 2011

MSD holds hearings on possible rate increases

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants public comment on a proposed rate increase. The hearings start Tuesday.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is urging its customers to weigh in on a proposed rate increase that could push monthly sewer bills to $85 a month within 10 years.

"Without that input, we're going to be making some very important decisions on our own, and when you look at the cost, it really needs to be a community conversation," said agency spokesman Lance LeComb.

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MSD settlement
3:31 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Court to review settlement over MSD Clean Water Act violations

Under a consent decree given court approval today, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will have to eliminate 200 of illegal sewer bypasses like this one by 2033.
(via Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

A consent decree that will settle a four-year-old lawsuit against the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District over violations of the Clean Water Act is a step closer to taking effect.

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Clean Water Act settlement
11:22 am
Wed June 29, 2011

MSD board approves settlement on Clean Water violations

The Metropolitan Sewer District has until 2034 to remove 200 of these illegal sewer bypasses under a Clean Water Act lawsuit settlement approved today.
(Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

The board of the Metropolitan Sewer District has approved a settlement with the federal government and a local environmental action group over violations of the Clean Water Act.

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:

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