In February 2008, the City of St. Joseph, with the help of Black and Veatch, submitted a long-term control plan to reduce sewer overflows to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The Combined Sewer System Long-Term Control Plan details the city's commitment to controlling the amount of sewer overflows and the frequency of overflows that discharge into the Missouri River. The plan is required by MDNR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Clean Water Act.
Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facilities Assessment
The Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facilities Assessment is required to comply with United States EPA and MDNR regulations for combined sewer overflow control. This assessment is the first element of work necessary to meet the implementation schedule outlined in the city's Combined Sewer System Long-Term Control Plan.
Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facilities Assessment Report
Wastewater Treatment Facilities Assessment
The Wastewater Treatment Facilities Assessment will identify improvements necessary to meet future collection system and treatment needs for St. Joseph. A treatment facilities plan is required to evaluate alternatives to meet more stringent effluent regulatory and system reliability requirements at the existing wastewater treatment plant. This study will also evaluate the benefits of building a new wastewater treatment facility in the 102 river watershed to serve the east side of St. Joseph. The Wastewater Treatment Facilities Assessment will be coordinated with the Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facilities Assessment.
Stormwater detention basin improvements will be evaluated for the Whitehead Watershed and a Whitehead Stormwater Detention Basin Facilities Assessment will be prepared. Recommended improvements will consider multiple benefits for the community and coordinate with the combined sewer overflow and stormwater programs. The project began in December 2010 and will be completed in the summer of 2016.