Public Comment Form

Commenting open: December 15, 2022 12:00AM CT - February 13, 2023 11:59PM CT.

Lester Prairie Wastewater Treatment Facility - Wastewater Permit and Variance


We invite you to comment on the draft wastewater permit for the City of Lester Prairie's wastewater treatment plant.


The city of Lester Prairie is renewing the permit for its wastewater treatment facility which discharges treated wastewater to the South Fork of the Crow River. The facility is designed to treat an average wet weather flow of 364,000 gallons per day. As part of the permit, the city has also applied for a variance from the total chloride water quality standard. A variance is granted when meeting the standard is not feasible, and there is currently no feasible way to remove chloride from wastewater. The facility has satisfied the necessary conditions, and the MPCA will recommend that the EPA grant the variance after the public has provided input.


Water quality permits - or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits - establish specific limits and requirements to protect Minnesota's surface and groundwater quality. Permits are regularly reviewed and updated as they expire, allowing the MPCA to incorporate new information about the impacts of pollutants on the environment in future permits. Permits are enforced through a combination of self-reporting and compliance monitoring.


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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Ashley Wahl
504 Fairgrounds Rd, Ste 200
Marshall, MN 56258

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