Lake Minnetonka Regional Interceptor Sewer Improvements Project Facility Plan

MCES Project No. 802891

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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 - December 4, 2020: Lake Minnetonka Area Sewer Improvements Facility Plan Public Hearing Presentation (PDF) posted.  See below for previous Project Updates and information on how to submit comments on the draft facility plan.

About this Plan

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, is developing a Facility Plan for the Lake Minnetonka service area.  Projects included in this plan will serve communities within Hennepin and Carver County. The plan will consist of five future projects that will help MCES maintain operational reliability, preserve regional assets, protect the environment, and partner with customers.



The draft Facility Plan will be completed in the fall of 2020. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the plan at an online public hearing. The Facility Plan will be finalized in early 2021.


Project Map

For a larger version, see the Lake Minnetonka Facility Plan Project Map (PDF).
This map shows the project areas for Orono Interceptor 7113 Relocation Project, Orono Lift Stations L46 and L49 Improvements, Deephaven Lift Station L48 and Forcemain Project, Shorewood/Excelsior Lift Station L20 Project, Shorewood Lift Station L21 Project as well as the Blue Lake Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Orono Interceptor 7113 Relocation Project includes interceptors 7113 and 7113A. Crystal Bay, Smith Bay, Browns Bay, French Lake, Tanager Lake and County Roads 15, 51, 84 and 146 are within the project area. This project is north of Lafayette Bay and Lower Lake, south of U.S. Route 12, east of North Arm, Maxwell Bay and Stubbers Bay and west of Wayzata Bay. Orono Lift Stations L46 and L49 Improvements includes interceptor 6-OR-641. West Arm, Crystal Bay and County Roads 15, 19 and 51 are within the project area. This project is north of Lake Minnetonka, south of Forest Lake, North Arm and Maxwell Bay, east of Seton Lake, Emerald Lake and Black Lake and west of Lafayette Bay. Deephaven Lift Station L48 and Forcemain Project includes interceptors 6-DH-645 and 6-DH-645A. Carson Bay is within the project area. This project is located north of Minnesota State Highway 7, south of Lower Lake, east of Excelsior Bay and Saint Albans Bay and west of County Road 101. Shorewood/Excelsior Lift Station L20 Project includes interceptors 7017-1 and 7017-2. Galpin Lake, Excelsior Bay and Minnesota State Highway 7 are within the project area. This project is located north of Harrison Lake, Lake Lucy, Lake Ann and Minnesota State Highway 5, south of Gideon Bay, east of Mary Lake and west of Christmas Lake, Silver Lake and Saint Albans Bay. Shorewood Lift Station L21 Project includes interceptor 7019-A. Lake Virginia is within the project area. This project is located north of Minnesota State Highway 7, south of Upper Lake, east of Smithtown Bay and west of Lake Minnewashta.

Fact Sheets

Draft Facility Plan

The Lake Minnetonka Regional Interceptor Sewer Improvements Project Facility Plan draft is available for public review using the link below: 

Lake Minnetonka Area Regional Interceptor Sewer Improvements Project Draft Facility Plan (PDF)

Printed versions are also available for the public to review at the locations listed below.  Please call ahead to see if your desired location is open. Many facilities have closed due to COVID-19.

  • Orono City Hall, 2750 Kelley Pkwy., Orono
  • Excelsior Library, 337 Water St., Excelsior

The Draft Facility Plan comment period is open now through December 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.

  • Mail written comments to: Tim O'Donnell at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, 390 Robert Street North, 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
  • Attend the online public hearing on December 15, 2020. More information on the public hearing is available in the Online Public Hearing section below.

Online Public Hearing

A virtual public hearing was held December 15, 2020.  

Online Open Houses

The project team hosted two online open houses.

  • Southeastern Lake Minnetonka Area Projects Open House (Excelsior/Deephaven/Shorewood Area) - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Northwestern Lake Minnetonka Area Projects Open House (Orono Area)  - ‚ÄčThursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The open house presentation and FAQ summary are available at the links below:


How it Works Video: Lift Stations


What is a lift station?

MCES pumping stations or "lift stations" pump wastewater flows from low points in the local sanitary sewer system. Once “lifted”, wastewater flows by gravity through MCES's regional pipes to a Metropolitan Council Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pumping stations usually have an aboveground building to house mechanical, electrical, odor control, and communications equipment.


Project Updates

Draft Facility Plan Postcard - December 2, 2020 (PDF) 397 kB

October 6 Online Open House (PDF) 637 kB

October 8 Online Open House (PDF) 578 kB

Project Staff

Project Manager: Daniel Fick, Project Manager, Interceptor Engineering

Project Contacts

Please contact our project team through the project hotline or email address.


Phone: 952.960.7765

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