Spicer water tower

(Spicer MN-) The University of Minnesota is teaming up with the Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District to try and reduce phosphorus and nitrogen coming out of the wastewater treatment plant. John Vanyo is an engineer with The U's Technical Assistance Program, or MnTap for short, and says they work with select operations, using their technical expertise to try and make a difference in reducing nutrients going into lakes, river and streams...

...Vanyo says they made a site assessment at the facilities in Spicer this past April...

...Vanyo says there are two ways to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from the water...apply chemicals with metals in them which bond with the nutrients and make them settle out of the water. But another is to stimulate micro-organisms already in the water and get them to remove the nutrients...

...Vanyo says too much phosphorus and nitrogen in the water creates algae blooms, which block out the sun and kill everything underneath them, creating dead zones. He says they are doing some testing to create the conditions in which the micro-organisms will begin removing the nutrients, and is hoping the project can wrap up this winter and start showing some results in the spring. He says the project is supported by The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and The Natural Resources Trust Fund.