Charleston City Council has approved engineering companies for the $ 7.4 million Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Removal Project Tuesday evening.
Mayor Brandon Combs said the project was part of a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“It’s not just ours [wastewater plant], these are several municipalities where the water runoff goes, they just make sure we get it like an ultraviolet type sanitation process to kill the germs, âCombs said.
The project is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, dead zones are areas where there is too much nitrogen and phosphorus, causing areas in the water where there is little or no oxygen.
These areas are uninhabitable by fish and vegetation at the bottom of the gulf.
These minerals come from three main sources: runoff from fields, source points or wastewater treatment plants, and runoff from rainwater..
Illinois office reported that wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to reduce a large amount of nutrients from the water.
Combs said the board had the mandate on its radar for five years and the board wanted to move forward to make sure everything is done in a timely manner.
“There is help available, some require a lot of planning and a lot of things from the city side, that’s why we need consultants to come and help us because we don’t have the expertise to do it. go and do it kind of work, âCombs said.
He added that they are starting the project now as it will take several weeks to determine what type of system will work for the sewage plant and some of the work has been done.
âSome of the work we’ve done already has been a lot of electrical work,â Combs said. “There’s a lot of work to be done and to get to some of the bigger stages we need other bands to come in and help us out that know this type of stuff.”
The EPA last reported in 2021, the dead zone spans 6 334 square miles in the gulf.
According to The Chicago Tribune, there are dead zones that appear in areas around Illinois such as Lake Eri, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron, as well as the Illinois River which has pushed fish into deeper waters.
Combs said the board chose Donohue and Associates, Inc. and UpChurch Group, Inc. to work together on the project because both groups have expertise in the field.
City Council has approved the city’s vehicle towing agreement between the Charleston Police Department and local agencies.
They also approved the Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation’s request for $ 1,500 to cover their expenses for the Harvest Frolic as well as the Sister Park Multi-Use Trail at Nursery Road.
Elizabeth Wood can be reached at 581-2812 or [emailÂ protected]