Algoma Seeks Improvements to Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Algoma in Kewaunee County has requested approval from the Department of Natural Resources to make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. The existing treatment plant, constructed in 1938, has been modified several times, with the last major upgrade occurring in 1992. Much of the process equipment has reached the end of its useful life. Improvements are needed to meet the current and future anticipated water quality limitations required for discharge to the Ahnapee River. Improvements to the plant include: conversion to extended aeration treatment process; construction of a hauled waste receiving station; construction of new screening facilities; aeration tank repairs; replacement of air diffusers, disinfection equipment; scum pump, electrical, HVAC and control system improvements; and miscellaneous improvements. The total project has an estimated construction cost of $7 million. The upgrade will occur in two phases. The first phase will address the most critical needs at a cost of $1.2 million. The city anticipates financing the project using a Wisconsin Clean Water Fund loan. Although the proposed project is not expected to involve significant environmental impacts, the public is invited to comment. Provide comments by June 14 to Gerry Novotny, Bureau of Watershed Management, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, 608.267.7625.

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