Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Metropolitan Sewer District officials say preparation now and taking simple steps when heavy rains come can make a difference.
The Metropolitan Sewer District issued the following advisory ahead of what could amount to several inches of rain this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive in the St. Louis region: FLOODING: Anyone who lives adjacent to or near a waterway – no matter how small the waterway is during dry weather – lives in a floodplain or drainage way. During high intensity rainfalls (a large amount of rain falling in a short period of time), creeks, streams, rivers, and other waterways can quickly become a torrent of rushing water, possibly causing extensive flash flooding, and putting property and human safety at risk. If you live near such a waterway or live in a low area to which rainwater normally flows, pay close attention to weather …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Drivers beware of road-closures.
Last Tuesday, Kirkwood’s concrete street construction schedule started in full effect. Several streets will be closed for asphalt or concrete replacement. In addition, a section of S. Holmes Avenue, between Quick Trip to Oak Bend Library, will be completely closed for approximately eight weeks for an Metropolitan Sewer District sewer installation. According to the city of Kirkwood, these are the following street-repair work for 2012: Concrete Street Replacement for 2012: Asphalt Street Replacement for 2012: Ann Avenue: Ann Avenue will be closed, west of Windgrove, for about 30 days for complete culvert replacement this summer. The entire length of Ann Avenue will be replaced once that work is completed.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
St. Louis voters will decide the rate at which their sewer rates rise this summer. Here's a look at the federal law—and lawsuit—that started it all.
Hundreds of sewer overflows in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) system are at the heart of a Clean Water Act settlement agreement and a ballot issue planned June 5. That's according to a primer document compiled by MSD. In August, MSD reached the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation, a news release posted to the federal agency's website states. Now, MSD customers are tasked with deciding whether they will pay more now—or later—to fund the $4.7 billion in repair work mandated by the agreement. Several sources outline the alleged violations and the reasons for the EPA's involvement in the case. The following are questions by Patch paired with quotes …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A June 5 vote is planned in St. Louis county and city on Proposition Y, along with eight charter amendments aimed at increasing the efficiency and transparency of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
People living in the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) can't change the fact that their sewer bills are going to rise incrementally over the next several years, Ed Rhode said. What they can control is the rate at which that change happens. That's why Rhode and Mike Kelley—members of the pro-Proposition Y committee Clean Water STL—are encouraging residents of St. Louis County and St. Louis city to vote yes on the $945 million bond issue June 5. If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family MSD user would rise from roughly $29 for the average single family to roughly $44 by mid-2015. The new rate effective July 1 of this year would be about $31. By contrast, a rejection of the measure would raise that average …