Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

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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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff

(KOMU via Flickr)

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.

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.

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City Water
12:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

MSD Starts Review Of City Water Department

(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has unveiled exactly what it will be doing for its review of the St. Louis city water department.

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MSD
1:41 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Supreme Court Strikes Down MSD Storm Water Fee

Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from MSD..

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needed voter approval when it changed the way it funded storm water service.

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Sewage Spill
2:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

MSD Dealing With Another Sewage Spill

Crews are working to repair a 42-inch main near this pumping station on Creve Coeur Mill Road. Creve Coeur Lake Park is directly east of the site.
(via Google Maps/screenshot)

Updated at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday

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. 

The actual repair work will being around midnight Wednesday, and is expected to take four to six hours. If the work cannot be completed tomorrow morning, crews will have to wait until midnight Thusday before resuming work.

Our original story

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Veolia
12:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Veolia Backs Out Of Controversial Contract With City Of St. Louis

Protestors against Veolia gather in front of Mayor Francis Slay's office on January 16, 2013. The company announced today it will not sign a contract with the city.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with additional quotes.

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.

Opponents of the company had raised questions about Veolia's corporate behavior and environmental record.

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.

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Flooding
4:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

St. Louis Pump Failure Sending Sewage Into Flooded Mississippi River

The failure of two pumps at the Bissell Point treatment plant in north St. Louis is causing 105 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into the Mississippi River a day.
(Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District)

Updated April 29, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Updated April 29, 4 p.m.

MSD officials say that with the Mississippi River dropping, 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.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
1:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Names New Executive Director

MSD has named Brian Hoelscher its new executive director.
(via MSD)

The St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District has named its new executive director, Brian Hoelscher.

Hoelscher takes over the job from Jonathon Sprague, who served as interim executive director since January. Jeff Theerman had the job since 2004 and had announced his retirement effective Jan. 11.

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MSD executive director
10:21 am
Tue December 18, 2012

St. Louis Sewer District Names Interim Leader

Jonathon Sprague has been named the interim executive director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
(provided by MSD)

A nearly eight-year veteran of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will be the agency's interim executive director.

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.

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Stormwater fee
3:53 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

State Supreme Court To Hear St. Louis Stormwater Case

Credit Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

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.  

The decision extends a nearly four-year-old legal battle over the agency’s so-called "impervious fee." Two lower courts 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.

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