Open Channel News

Open Channel News is a news bulletin that serves the industrial customers of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. The newsletter provides information that may affect industrial customer business, such as industrial user rates and fees, reporting requirements, emerging pretreatment program concerns, and other wastewater issues.


Cover of April 2021 Open Channel Newsletter

April 2021

  • MCES wastewater treatment plants earn national awards
  • Wastewater could provide warnings of future COVID-19 infection surges
  • Virtual customer workshops in 2021
  • MPCA releases Minnesota’s PFAS Blueprint
  • MnTAP’s 2020 water efficiency grant projects could save nearly
    35 million gallons of water each year
  • Bob Nordquist is retiring May 2021
  • 2021 industrial user rates and fees
  • Let’s stay connected

Cover of August 2020 Open Channel Newsletter

August 2020

  • MCES holds wastewater rate increase to 2% for 2021
  • Protecting public health and water quality 365 days a year
  • Permit requirement reminder:
    Communicating process changes in your industry
  • Pre-entry health screenings and masks required at MCES facilities
  • IORS: virtual support and training
  • New Microbrewery and Liquid Waste Hauler Program webpages
  • Alejandro Moris Figueroa – IWPP engineer intern
  • Peter Berglund retires after 36-plus years
  • Meet IWPP’s new environmental scientist – Ann Postera
  • Welcome Porter Sartor – Industrial Waste technician
  • 2021 Industrial User rates and fees
  • Let’s stay connected!

Cover of January 2020 Open Channel Newsletter

January 2020

  • Growth in northwest metro leads to wastewater investment
  • Microbrewery Program: Providing oversight, minimizing regulatory burden
  • 2020 Customer Workshops
  • ICC – Industrial Capacity Charge: Understanding the calculation
  • Online reporting
  • Galvanized steel parts can cause zinc exceedances
  • Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
  • 2020 Industrial User Rates & Fees
  • Let’s stay connected!