Community Wastewater

Improving our Community’s Impact on the Watershed

Pollution from untreated sewage and wastewater is a significant problem in the Cannon River watershed and throughout Southeast Minnesota. There are many small homes and small communities that still discharge untreated sewage directly into our waterways!? That’s where CRWP comes in; we assist community members to explore options, pursue funding, navigate local and state rules, and we offer low interest loans to help keep projects moving forward.

The Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative

CRWP’s award winning Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative program is a regional effort throughout Southeast Minnesota to assist small communities in improving their sewage treatment. The Wastewater Initiative is a partnership between CRWP, Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Since 2002, the Initiative has helped 25 small communities upgrade their sewer systems, eliminating 355,090 gallons of untreated sewage per day (129 million gallons per year!) from entering the lakes, streams, and rivers of Southeast Minnesota.

Bush Prize Video Highlighting CRWP’s Work

Video highlighting King’s Park Sewer Project

A four video series showcasing some of CRWP’s wastewater accomplishments

Map of SE MN Wastewater Initiative Community Projects




Recent Program News

Randolph Exploring Community Sewer System, March 2017

West Jefferson Lake Sewer Project on Track to Start Construction This Summer, January 2017

Le Sueur County Moves Forward on Projects to Improve Area Lakes, October 2016

Cedar Beach Construction Begins, October 2016

Dresbach Continues Search for a Site for a New Sewage Treatment System, May 2016

Targeting Clean Water through Wastewater Facilitation (pdf file), March 2016

West Jefferson Sewer Project Making Progress, March 2016

CRWP Creates Revolving Loan Fund, October 2015

Project to reduce sewage pollution into Turtle Creek near Austin underway, October 2015

Greenleafton Sewer Project is Now Operational, August 2015

Funding Awarded to Fix the City of Myrtle’s Sewer Systems, March 2015

CRWP Wins Bush Prize for Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative Program, December 2014