Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

MSD
3:04 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

MSD developing new back-up power monitoring system for pumping stations

Cleanup along Dryden Court in St. Louis two days after sewer backups triggered massive flash flooding in June 2011. Power outages at MSD's pumping stations caused the floods, but a new system to monitor the power for those stations is forthcoming.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says it will be developing a new system to monitor back-up power sources at its pumping stations.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Flash flood damage
3:59 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

MSD to pay for flood damage for 70 homes in north St. Louis

Cleanup continues along Dryden Court in St. Louis two days after sewer backups triggered massive flash flooding. MSD is waiving its usual caps on damage reimbursements because power outages at its pumping stations caused the floods.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has decided to waive its normal $2,400 cap for damage reimbursements and will completely pay for flood damage sustained June 25 by 70 specific homes in north St. Louis.

Why waive the cap? Because the District has determined it is at fault.

Here's what happened:

Read more
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:

Read more
Emergency repairs
4:57 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Lanes on Interstate 70 will remain closed during evening rush

MoDOT is asking motorists to avoid eastbound I-70 between Shreve and west Florissant as crews repair the road where an MSD sewer line ruptured on Sunday.
(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is again urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 just north of downtown as crews continue emergency repair work on the highway.

Read more
Clean Water Act settlement
7:14 am
Fri June 10, 2011

MSD board gives preliminary approval to Clean Water lawsuit settlement

MSD crews make repairs along Hampton Ave. in 2010. The agency's Board of Trustees gave its approval last night to a settlement that will require $4.7 billion in infrastructure upgrades over 23 years.
(via Flickr/Paul Sableman)

The Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan Sewer District gave its initial approval last night to a multi-billion dollar plan to settle a Clean War Act lawsuit.

The state of Missouri and the EPA filed the suit in 2007, which the Missouri Coalition for the Environment later joined. It alleged, among other things that

Read more
MSD
4:14 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

MSD hearings to begin on rate increase

Brett Berthold, the manager of the MSD Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in north St. Louis, gives reporters a tour of the facility Friday.
(Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio)

Hearings will begin in about a week on a $276 million rate increase request for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. MSD says the rate hike is needed to comply with stricter regulatory requirements and to reduce wastewater overflows into area creeks and streams.

Read more
MSD / Environmental Protection Agency
5:58 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Lawsuit against MSD by EPA may be near resolution

Updated 3:30 p.m. June 3 to include comment from MSD.

Updated at 9:55 a.m. June 3 to reflect that the State of Missouri has not signed on to the consent decree.

A lawsuit brought by the Environmental Protection Agency against the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District back in June 2007 could soon be resolved.

Read more
MSD lawsuit
3:05 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Class-action suit over 2008 floods in U-City can go forward

View University City Flood Damage in a larger map

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that  a class-action lawsuit stemming from 2008 flash floods that killed two people and severely damaged more than 100 houses in University City can go forward.

The lawsuit alleges that the Metropolitan Sewer District's failure to maintain the River Des Peres  made it impossible for the system to handle what amounted to predictable heavy rain. The floods were the result of the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Read more

Pages