Public Comment Form

Commenting open: January 13, 2023 12:00AM CT - March 14, 2023 11:59PM CT.

St. Cloud Nutrient, Energy & Water Recovery Facility - Wastewater Permit


We invite you to comment on the draft wastewater permit for the city of Saint Cloud's wastewater treatment plant.


The St. Cloud Nutrient, Energy and Water (NEW) Recovery Facility is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally leader for their innovative wastewater treatment and resource recovery strategies. The facility serves 120,000 people in the communities of St. Cloud, St. Augusta, St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and Waite Park. The facility releases treated wastewater into the Mississippi River.


The city is seeking a new permit for its wastewater treatment facility, which treats an average of 17.9 million gallons per day. The city is also making improvements to the facility, including to the digester, boiler, heating and aeration systems and the evaluation of energy-related technologies to optimize onsite renewable energy generation and use. Pollutant limits have not been adjusted based on these changes at the facility.


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 Laura Lacquement
714 Lake Ave, Ste 220
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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