MCES Project No. 807655

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.

Contact information

For information regarding construction, please call the construction hotline or send an email to the contact information listed on the bottom of that project’s website.

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Project Update - July 2018.  See Project Updates below. 

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Project Description

Metropolitan Council Environment Services (MCES) will be constructing an underground sanitary sewer odor control facility on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board property between East River Terrace and East River Parkway in Minneapolis, just east of Saint Anthony Avenue.  Please see the map linked below for more information about the location of the new facility.

East Meters Odor Control Project Map (PDF)

Based on recent air flow testing, it appears that the preliminary design of the facility presented in Fall 2016 will not reduce odors to the extent necessary to consider the project successful.  To address this situation, MCES plans to undertake additional investigation and testing.  The information gained from this effort will be key to revising and finalizing the design of the odor control facility.  Some of the testing requires the use of sensors and monitors that are most accurate when used in warmer weather (after March 1, 2017). 

The cost of this regional sanitary sewer improvement will not be assessed to adjacent property owners. The cost is spread out among all of MCES's sewer customers in the metro area.


Project Updates

Project Update - March 2, 2017 (PDF) 187 kB

Project Open House Summary - November 2, 2016 (PDF) 74 kB

Project Update - October 28, 2016 (PDF) 115 kB

Project Open House - October 25, 2016 (PDF) 684 kB

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: info@MCESeastmetersproject.com

Call our project hotline: 612.321.8994

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