Integrated Planning

Wastewater, water supply, and surface water

Water resources have sustained this region for millennia — and wise planning now can ensure a water-rich future for generations to come.

The key is building regionwide support that brings people and organizations together working toward common goals.

Thrive MSP 2040, the Met Council's regional guide for planning and development, helps provide direction for the region as it grows in population from 3.2 million people in 2020 to 3.7 million in 2040.

Our 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan supports Thrive MSP 2040 and integrates water resources planning for wastewater, water supply, and surface water with the goal of protecting, conserving, and utilizing the region's groundwater and surface water in ways that protect public health, support economic growth and development, maintain habitat and ecosystem health, and provide for recreational opportunities.

The plan provides regional guidelines for water areas in which the Met Council has some statutory responsibility — wastewater service, surface water management, and water supply — and helps focus the discussion among regional partners.

Through its policies and planning, we are committed to working collaboratively with state and federal agencies, local and county government, watershed management organizations, interest groups, and the public to protect the region’s rich water resources as the region continues to grow.

Our planning efforts focus on 3 primary areas:

Wastewater Treatment

Provide high-quality, efficient and cost-effective regional wastewater service for the metro region.

Water Supply Planning

Coordinate water supply planning to ensure reliable sources of clean water for future generations.

Surface Water

Help improve and maintain the quality and quantity of our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Meet the people working to clean our water and protect our environment

See Council Closeup videos with several MCES staff

MCES staff have a wide range of skills and experience. See brief video interviews with some MCES staff who provide wastewater treatment, planning and other services.