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367496 - Initiation of Wastewater Collection and Treatment for Minneapolis and Saint Paul, 1926-1938

Monday, June 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Greenway CD

In the modern world of today, it is easy to overlook significant accomplishments of the past century, some of which continue to provide benefits even to this day.

One such accomplishment is the initiation of wastewater collection and treatment for Minneapolis and Saint Paul during the period 1926-1938. The problem addressed was the pollution of the Mississippi River. Extensive planning was followed by engineering design, construction, and operation of facilities that started the ever-evolving process of water pollution control.

Evidence that this seminal work was of high quality is the fact that so much of this initial accomplishment remains fully functional and vital today. Evidence of the longevity of good planning, engineering and construction is the remarkable record of subsequent inspection findings and low level of necessary maintenance and repair, particularly for the extensive collection system. Problems that have occurred provide lessons learned about the design details of the original project.

Robert L. Callery, BCE, MS Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Environmental Engineer
Retired

Robert Callery, a University of Minnesota graduate with BCE and MSCE degrees, is a retired civil/environmental engineer, who was most recently affiliated with Metropolitan Council, Environmental Services. Mr Callery is a life-long Minnesotan and a career-long ASCE member, serving as the Minnesota Section president in 1985-86. He has worked for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Sanitary District and the consulting engineering firms, Watermation and Toltz King Duvall Anderson (TKDA). His early work was heavily involved with combined sewer overflow pollution issues in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, Cleveland, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also managed municipal wastewater treatment improvement and other environmental engineering projects.

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