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The City of Chisholm, MN and HR Green are recognized with an MPCA Annual Operations Excellence Award

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HR Green has been notified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) that for the second consecutive year the City of Chisholm, MN is being recognized with an MPCA Annual Operations Excellence Award for the operation of their wastewater treatment facility which HR Green contract operates. The award is given to facilities that exceed all NPDES Permit, reporting, operation and maintenance requirements. The award will be presented at the MPCA Annual Operations Excellence Award for the operation of their wastewater treatment facility which HR Green contract operates. The award is given to facilities that exceed all NPDES Permit, reporting, operation and maintenance requirements. The award will be presented at the MPCA Annual Wastewater Operators Conference this March.

A few years in the making: Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District

In December 2007, HR Green was selected to provide a contracted Executive Director to lead the development of the District as well as the planning, funding initiative, design, construction and future operation, maintenance and management of the CIRSSD’s new wastewater utility.  The CIRSSD was formed to consider and provide a solution to the sewage disposal needs for the cities of Buhl, Chisholm, Kinney and the Town of Great Scott as well as the State of Minnesota territory occupied by the Minnesota Discovery Center. The approved Facility Plan called for the construction of a new Wastewater Treatment Facility and the addition of a conveyance system.

The WWTP includes new fine screening, grit removal, sequencing batch reactors, influent flow equalization and pumping, disinfection, aerobic digesters and sludge storage, rotary drum thickener, reed beds and control building.  The collection system includes a new 6.2 mgd lift station to serve the City of Chisholm, a 432,000 gpd lift station and force main to serve the City of Buhl, and improvements to the existing City of Kinney lift station.

HR Green was responsible for the successful negotiation of the new facility’s NPDES permit and discharge requirements as well as wetlands permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  HR Green was also successful in securing $12,036,133 in Water Infrastructure Fund Grant proceeds as well as $8,120,383 in low interest loans at 1.22% interest through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority and a $500,000 Grant through the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

The new facility started operations in December 2013 and HR Green will continue operational services through March 2016.

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