Interceptor Sites Sustainable Landscape Restoration

MCES Project No. 805501

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  • 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 - May 9, 2022 (PDF).  See previous Project Updates below.


Project Overview

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is undertaking sustainable landscape restoration projects at four interceptor sites in Bayport, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, and Mound. Work includes replacing high-maintenance lawn and invasive plants with native plants and trees that are Minnesota nice - friendly to birds, pollinators, and water quality. This project helps fulfill MCES's environmental and sustainability goals and guidelines for the region, such as those in Thrive MSP 2040 and the 2040 Water Resources Policy Plan.

Project Description

The Metropolitan Council’s regional framework defines sustainability as ‘protecting the region’s vitality for generations to come by preserving the capacity to maintain and support the region’s well-being and productivity over the long term.’ Native, low-maintenance landscapes at our interceptor sites will help the Council reach its sustainability goals. Through this project, the Council will create landscapes that benefit humans, regional water resources, and the natural world. These improvements will help reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment and foster healthy ecosystems for people, regional water resources, and nature.

Once these sites are restored with native plants, they will require less water and less maintenance compared to landscapes that have invasive plants. MCES will be able to maintain the new sustainable landscapes at a much lower cost than before.

Work will begin in late fall of 2021. Residents can expect to see MCES removing invasive plants and trees, clearing brush, and preparing sites for future planting. Impacts from this type or work may include noise, equipment staging, and visual impacts.

Project Locations

  • Bayport: L68, 498 Maine Street S
  • Brooklyn Park: 4601 101st Avenue N
  • Eden Prairie: Blue Lake Siphon, 10488 West Riverview Drive
  • Mound: L38, 6270 Westedge Blvd

Project Fact Sheets

Project Updates

Project Update - May 9, 2022 (PDF) 161 kB

Project Update - March 8, 2022 (PDF) 141 kB

Project Update - February 8, 2022 (PDF) 140 kB

Project Update - January 25, 2022 (PDF) 141 kB

Project Update - December 14, 2021 (PDF) 178 kB

Project Staff


Project Manager: Michael Villari, Principal Engineer, Interceptor Engineering

Project Contacts

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Phone: 651.286.8452


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