Comments sought on proposed sewer project

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking comments on an environmental assessment worksheet that has been prepared for a proposal to construct a sewer lift station and connection along Cottage Drive and Lake Elmo Avenue in Washington County.

Known as the Woodbury Northeast Regional Lift Station and L-77 and Lake Elmo East Connection Project, the proposed construction includes a sanitary sewer lift station in Woodbury and 3,000-4,000 feet of sewer pipe to Lake Elmo. On average, the proposed lift station will carry 5.1 million gallons per day and will have the capacity to handle up to 11.7 if needed. Wastewater will ultimately be treated at the Eagle Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cottage Grove.

The project will provide sanitary sewer service to the northeastern portion of Woodbury and future service to the southern portion of Lake Elmo, and communities along the Interstate 94 corridor to the St. Croix River.

The worksheet, a preliminary environmental review looking at how a proposed project could potentially affect the environment, is open to a 30-day public review and comment period. Comments on the Woodbury Northeast Regional Lift Station L-77 and Lake Elmo East Connection worksheet should be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 to Eric J Kilberg, MPCA Regional Division, 520 Lafayette Rd. North, St. Paul, MN, 55155, or by fax to 297-2343.

The Pollution Control Agency will use these comments to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project and decide if an Environmental Impact Statement (a more comprehensive environmental review) is needed.

Copies of the Woodbury Northeast Regional Lift Station L-77 and Lake Elmo East Connection environmental assessment worksheet are available for review at:

•The MPCA’s St. Paul office, 520 Lafayette Rd. North

•MPCA Web site at www.pca.state.mn.us/news/eaw/index.html

Copies may also be requested directly by calling Mary Osborn at 297-8510. Telephone inquiries related to the project should be directed to Eric Kilberg at 296-8643 or toll free at 1-800657-3864 (TTY).

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