The Valley Park levee has been a tense and bitter debate since historic flooding hit the area twice in 18 months during 2015 and 2017. With any major forecasted rain or storm event, the threat of flooding is always on the minds of local residents.
This weekend, heavy rain is predicted as the last of tropical storm Gordon pushes its way into the Midwest. (September 2018)
Environmental Echo has posted several stories and updates about the local flooding situations related to the Valley Park levee issue in the past and we wanted to share a comprehensive piece of investigative journalism we ran across from ProPublica.
Fenton sewer plant, December 2015. Photos provided by Sean Hadley, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
After months of repair work following historic flooding in December 2015, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) says operations at the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant are fully restored.
From the MSD website: MSD crews and contractors have restored the full wastewater treatment process at the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) that is required during the recreation season from April 1- October 31. This includes the re-establishment of wastewater disinfection using ultraviolet light. With the restoration of full treatment, the Fenton WWTP again meets regulatory standards. As a result, the recreation advisory for the Meramec River has been lifted. MSD crews are in the process of removing signs. Find more information HERE.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) says secondary treatment operations have restarted for the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant. A community update meeting has also been scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2016, at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the City Hall for the City of Arnold.
More information and a video showing some of the repair process from MSD can be found below.