Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project

MCES Project No. 809700

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about the status of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) plant and interceptor construction projects. Please note the following:

  • Construction on wastewater treatment plants and sewer interceptors will continue. The contractors are following working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies.

  • Some project staff are working remotely while others remain on-site to ensure proper oversight of the project. Staff will stay connected through emails, conference calls, and web-based meetings to manage construction activities.

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Project Update - February 25, 2021. See below for previous Project Updates and information on how to submit comments on the draft facility plan.

About this Project

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is responsible for protecting public health and the environment through efficient and cost-effective wastewater collection and treatment for the Twin Cities region. MCES is preparing a Facility Plan for improvements to its Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Shakopee.

The draft facility plan for the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project will outline plant upgrades needed to serve anticipated growth in the southwest metropolitan area through 2050 and meet new water quality standards for phosphorus. Improvements to the Blue Lake Plant will help MCES maintain service reliability, preserve assets at the existing facility, improve efficiency and safety, protect the environment, and partner with customers.



The draft Facility Plan will be completed in early February 2021. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the plan at an online public information meeting and public hearing. The Facility Plan will be finalized in late spring of 2021.

Online Public Information Meeting and Public Hearing

The MCES project team will host an online public information meeting and public hearing:

Monday, March 15, 2021 at  6 p.m.   

How to Submit Comments on the Draft Facility Plan

The comment period is now open through March 25 at 5 p.m.  In addition to offering comments at the public information meeting and public hearing, you can submit comments in the following ways:
  • Mail written comments to: Tim O’Donnell at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, 390 Robert St. N., Saint Paul, MN 55101-1805
  • Email comments to:
  • Record comments on: Metropolitan Council Public Comment Line at (651) 602-1500
  • Send TTY comments to (651) 291-0904

Project Materials


Project Updates

Online Public Hearing and Comment Period Notification - February 25, 2021 (PDF) 293 kB

Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Facility Plan (PDF) 7.4 MB

Project Staff

Project Manager: Jason Peterson, Project Manager, MCES Wastewater Planning and Capital Project Delivery

Project Contacts

Please contact our project team through the public comment line or project email address.


Public comment line: 651.602.1500

Capital Improvement Program
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    Contact project staff with questions or concerns about this project.


    Public Comment Line: 651.602.1500