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MSD Outlines Progress on Sewer Improvements at Public Meeting

by Erica Peterson on September 27, 2011

The Metropolitan Sewer District is in the process of implementing a 19-year $850 million plan to upgrade the county’s sewer systems and improve water quality. The MSD held an open house today to answer questions about the project.

Inside the Watterson Expressway, there are combined sewers, where rainwater, wastewater and sewage mix. In the outer corners of Jefferson County, there are sanitary sewers, which is just wastewater and sewage from buildings.

MSD Executive Director Bud Schardein says the agency’s consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency mandates that discharge be reduced. Part of the project involves repairing the county’s sanitary sewers.

“What makes a sanitary sewer overflow so bad is it’s a very concentrated waste water,” Schardein said. “So when it leaks or discharges, there’s not the dilution factor there that there is in a combined sewer overflow that’s mixed with storm water.”

The other parts of the consent decree involve reducing overflow from the combined sewers during storms. The MSD is constructing new storage basins and building rain gardens to help absorb the excess water.

But Louisville resident Clarence Hixson didn’t think the agency’s efforts to get public comment during the meeting were genuine.

“This public consultation is coming in on the tail end of the process instead of at the front end of the process when we might have offered some meaningful input,” he said. “We’ve been denied meaningful input into the alternatives and consideration of this project.”

The MSD staff didn’t address Hixson’s concerns during the public meeting, but later Schardein said the consent decree is flexible, and the MSD is willing to incorporate any good ideas.

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MSD Still Pursuing Buyouts To Prevent Flooding

by Gabe Bullard August 3, 2010

The head of the Metropolitan Sewer District says more storms like the one that caused last year’s flash flood are likely in the city’s future, and he wants to prepare local infrastructure. Schardein says MSD is applying for federal grants to buy homes in flood-prone areas and replace them with green space.

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New Albany Council Nearing Final Vote On Sewer Rate Increase

by Gabe Bullard April 7, 2010

The New Albany City Council is preparing to hold a final vote on a plan to increase sewer rates. The rate increase would be used to finance federally mandated infrastructure improvements to the sewer system.

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New Albany Council To Discuss Revised Rate Increase Plan

by Gabe Bullard March 29, 2010

A sewer rate increase could pass the New Albany City Council next month, but the proposal for raising rates is still being revised.

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New Albany Council To Consider New Sewer Rate Increase Plan

by Gabe Bullard February 19, 2010

A proposed 70 percent sewer rate increase has been rejected by the New Albany City Council. But the council will consider another rate increase proposal next month.

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New Albany Sewer Rate Increase Goes To Council This Week

by Gabe Bullard February 15, 2010

A proposed 70 percent sewer rate increase for New Albany will go before the city council this week.

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New Albany Sewer Board Requests Rate Increase

by Gabe Bullard February 11, 2010

The New Albany Sewer Board is asking the city council to approve a 70 percent sewer rate increase. But the council isn’t ready to vote on the rate hike just yet.

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New Albany Sewer Board Will Likely Ask For 70% Rate Increase

by Gabe Bullard February 4, 2010

The New Albany Sewer Board met Thursday to discuss a proposed 70 percent increase in sewer rates.

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In Depth: MSD Considering Buyouts To Prevent Floods

by Gabe Bullard October 7, 2009

Metro Government’s options are limited when it comes to keeping neighborhoods dry.

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Property Changes Could Prevent Floods

by Gabe Bullard August 19, 2009

Louisville’s Metro Sewer District Director Bud Schardein says residents can help prevent future flooding with their landscaping choices.

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