GKWMLL Sanitary District

Garrison, MN

WSN has been working with the Garrison Kathio West Mille Lacs Lake Sanitary District (GKWMLL) on a new sanitary sewer system. Since the system will provide services to a new district, WSN has worked with GKWMLL on setting assessments and policies in addition to working with several funding agencies (USDA Rural Development, Minnesota Public Facilities Authority, Minnesota Wastewater Infrastructure Fund, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to develop an overall project budget.

The system covers an eight mile north–south area along the west side of Mille Lacs Lake. WSN’s team laid out plan and profile drawings for the initial system, including approximately 100,000 feet of piping and 28 lift stations. WSN worked with the board of managers and their attorney on developing a sewer use ordinance, a sewer charge ordinance, an assessment policy, and other policies.

Our team led preliminary assessment hearings, presented several public information sessions on financing alternatives, and worked with various federal and state funding agencies in meeting their requirements. WSN also prepared an expanded Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for this project dealing with several agencies on wetland and archaeological issues.

Wastewater flows from the GKWMLL District and is treated at the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation WWTF. WSN met and worked with Brian and other staff to establish optimum delivery parameters for the new wastewater stream flow.