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SEWERS--age old debate.
Just got this from a guy who's been trying to get the city to do something about the deep tunnel. Below is his memo on benefits of switching over to a separated system, and at the end is the MUST read OLD NEWS QUOTES from the 50s on the flooded basements and problems w/a combined sewer system. Unreal.
Our neighbor to the north, the city of
• Over 150 miles of storm sewers installed
• 168 miles of streets paved
• Over one-million tons of asphalt was used in paving
• About 336 miles of curbing laid
• Over 8,200 handicap ramps placed in sidewalks
• Over 1.5 million square yards of sod laid - that's enough to cover
281 football fields
• Over 6,806 new street lights were installed
• Over 11,000 trees were planted in boulevards
• Over 15,000 acres of area with combined sewers now separated
• Over 28,252,000 cubic feet of storm water runoff eliminated from sanitary sewer system
• 21,900 residential properties disconnected downspouts
• 6,140 commercial properties disconnected downspouts or drainage systems
• 653 million gallons per year removed from treatment plant at a
savings of $767,000
• Over 238 miles of gas main installed
• Over 25,000 of gas services were renewed or replaced
• Over 3,500 lead water service connections replaced
• About 26 miles of water main replaced
• Over 100 contractors did work on the sewer separation projects
• 10 years of CSSP construction has improved the water quality of the
For generations the
Residents and visitors have flocked to the cities' lakes or gone "up north" to find good fishing, water sports and other recreational activities. Until 1995, the riverbanks were mostly left for industrial development. Much like
The acceleration of the
• Pollution-sensitive Hexagenia mayfly returned to Twin Cities stretch of river
after 30 year absence.
• Metropolitan Council Wastewater Services' monitoring data showed
significant drop in fecal bacteria levels in river area affected by sewer
• Bald eagles return to Twin Cities stretch of river.
• Fish population and diversity have recovered from 3 species to over 25 species.
• DNR established catch and release fishing regulations to protect lunker walleyes
pulled from metropolitan stretch of
• City and area business invested millions to revive
• Other benefits of sewer separation in
Creation of the new
New Flood Wall construction
New public dock
Padelford Packet Boat Co., Inc. expands with addition of two new riverboats
Improved water quality renews interest in river recreational activities.
American Scholarship Bass Tournament
A hiking and biking trails
Mayor's Fishing Opener Event
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Water Music on a Barge concerts
Delta Queen Steamboat Co. arrivals
McKnight Foundation begins program of grants to stimulate the development of environmental demonstration projects on the
The goal of
The Combined Sewer Overflow Problem
Most of the rain and snow melt runoff is conveyed in separate pipes directly to the region's rivers, lakes or special holding ponds. But older pipes in
Beginning in 1938, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to construct major metropolitan sewerage plants in the
Yet the public demanded a faster fix. Governors Rudy Perpich of
The Accelerated ten-year CSO Control Program
The Minnesota Legislature adopted the accelerated cleanup plan in 1985 with new state CSO funding and a statutory ten-year deadline for completion of the work.
We believe those if the city of
Source: Much of this
SEWERAGE DISTRICT EXPANSION TO OUTING AREAS URGED (Excerpt from Monday December 17, 1956 Milwaukee Journal)
Most city and sewerage officials agreed Monday with the governor’s water and sewer study committee on expanding the metropolitan sewerage district and spending 52 million dollars in the next 43 years for new sewerage treatment facilities. But Lloyd D. Knapp, commissioner of public works, charged that the committee report was prejudiced on one point. He took exception to the committee’s criticism that while re-paving streets in older sections, the city failed to lay new storm water sewers. These would separate storm waters from existing combined and sanitary sewers that cover the old sections of the city and would relieve the overloaded combined sewer.
The committee’s point was that whenever possible, when streets are re-paved, storm sewers should be installed to eliminate rainwater from sanitary sewers and thus reduce the overload on
The 1956 news article went further to quote then Milwaukee Mayor Zeidler…Any program, to be fully successful, must find a solution to the flooding of basements of
After 54 years, area basement flooding still occurs because the city of