Jan 16, 2013 at 7:48 am
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency continues to press East Grand Forks leaders for an answer on how it plans to proceed with its aging sewage lagoon system. The current lagoons date back to 1959. An inspection by the MPCA in September found the pond facility fails to meet current design requirements and appears to be leaking above the allowable limits of 35-hundred gallons per day. In addition average flows are at 89% capacity – restricting future growth in the city. City leaders have asked for more time to study the issue. This past year Mayor Lynn Stuass vetoed an interconnect plan to link the East Grand Forks system with Grand Forks. The price-tag for wastewater improvements range from seven to 13-million dollars.