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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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MSD Storm Water Case
5:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears MSD Storm Water Case

Credit Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday for and against the constitutionality of a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District storm water fee.

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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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Metropolitan Sewer District
5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

MSD Unveils New Minority Workforce Goals

MSD headquarters near downtown St. Louis.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has unveiled new goals for the number of minorities and women who must be involved with the agency’s big construction projects.

The agency plans to set higher thresholds for the number of minorities and women doing the actual construction work on projects. MSD has also added workforce goals for local residents and those enrolled in apprentice programs.

The changes, which are outlined below, followed two years of work. They're based on a study by the national firm Mason Tillman.

Here's some definitions to know:

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Tax bill mistake
7:50 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Mistake By St. Louis County Will Cost MSD $2 Million

(via Flickr/kevindooley)

A mistake by the St. Louis County Department of Revenue will cost the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District about $2 million in expected tax revenue.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that employees at the department failed to add a surcharge to about 200,000 property tax bills. The revenue generated by the additional tax helps MSD control storm water runoff inside Interstate 270.

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Remnants of Isaac
1:48 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

The remnants of Isaac pass through the region

National Weather Service

*This story will be updated 

*Updated Sunday at 2:45 p.m. with details river levels and drought relief 

Large parts of rural Missouri and Illinois had between three to five inches of rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

In St. Louis, Nation Weather Service Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said Oakville received three and a half inches of rain, the most in the metropolitan area. 

Gosselin added, though, that it will take much more rain to snap this summer’s historic drought.

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Hurricane Isaac
3:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

MSD preps St. Louis for remnants of Hurricane Isaac

The projected path of Hurricane Isaac, and its aftermath, as of 1 p.m. CDT Aug. 28.
(National Weather Service)

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service shows the remnants of Hurricane Isaac passing through the St. Louis region on Saturday morning. 

That has local officials getting ready for problems that could result from a major rainfall.

Metropolitan Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb said storms like Isaac have historically presented the greatest threat of flash flooding.

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MSD - Minority Hiring
5:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MOKAN to MSD: employ more local businesses, women, minorities

The minority business advocacy group MOKAN organized this protest outside of MSD’s Missouri River treatment plant today.
(Véronique LaCapra)

The minority business advocacy group MOKAN says the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is not doing enough to include local minority and female workers in its sewer upgrade projects.

MOKAN executive director Yaphett El-Amin says her group wants MSD to increase the transparency of its hiring practices and invest at least $23.5 million in worker training programs.

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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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