Metropolitan Sewer District

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A Metropolitan Sewer District employee has been selected as a 2020 Fulbright scholar. It's not the first time for Achal Garg, the supervising chemist won the coveted scholarship in 2012 to study water recycling in Namibia.

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Communities United For Action (CUFA) says the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) isn't doing enough protect people from sewer overflows and expensive bills. The agency is hosting a public meeting Saturday with EPA officials to give people an opportunity to voice their concerns.

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Two working groups will soon be looking at another proposal to make Hamilton County sewer rates more affordable. This effort could result in an impervious surface fee to aid the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).  

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The entities that oversee Hamilton County's sewer fix have cut the Gordian Knot that is the fight between the county and Cincinnati. The regulators are imposing their own version of Phase 2A of the consent decree, as the county and city try to win approval for their competing plans.

The U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission have a $2 billion plan for the next stage of the storm sewer separation and renovation project. Hamilton County and Cincinnati went before a federal judge in 2018, each hoping to win approval of their Phase 2A visions.

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A Metropolitan Sewer District investigation has determined why some Northside homes were flooded earlier this month. Interim Director Diana Christy says runoff from a heavy rain on June 15 and 16 escaped a couple of catch basins and flooded homes around Kirby and Virginia Avenues.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District has been investigating reports of backed up sewers after days of rain and some flash flooding. Northside was one of many neighborhoods that reported damage. Community Council President Mary Meinrich says several people whose homes were flooded spoke at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

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Updated June 8 at 9 a.m.

Winton Lake at Winton Woods is now open to recreation, including boating and fishing.

"As cleanup efforts wind down, isolated portions of the lake may be closed temporarily through next week," Great Parks says in a statement. "Guests should obey posted signs."

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The Metropolitan Sewer District says a mass of tree roots, grease and "flushable" wipes caused a sewer line to overflow in Winton Woods. The agency is also investigating a second sewage spill elsewhere in the park.

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A solution could be coming for some Mt. Washington neighbors fed up with years of sewers backing up in their basements during heavy rains.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District will begin accepting applications for a newly approved Customer Assistance Program (CAP). The CAP offers a 25% discount to low-income senior citizens who meet certain criteria.

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Not surprisingly, Cincinnati officials are rejecting Hamilton County commissioners' plan announced last week to transfer the Metropolitan Sewer District's executive staff to county control while leaving sewer district employees under the city.  

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Updated at 2:30 p.m. with comment from the city.

Hamilton County commissioners say they have a plan to end the dysfunction at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

Hamilton County commissioners are considering an assistance program for certain Metropolitan Sewer District customers.

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Hamilton County's plan for the next phase of the federally-mandated sewer system overhaul calls for using newer "green" technologies rather than traditional methods for dealing with waste and storm water.

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Metropolitan Sewer District customers won't see a rate increase next year, if the district's 2019 budget is adopted as is. Director Diana Christy says it would be the fourth consecutive year without a rate hike.

How Cincinnati Is Preparing For Extreme Weather

Nov 5, 2018
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Citywide flash flooding tore through neighborhoods in the spring of 2017, causing sewage backups and flooded basements. In Mt. Adams the hillside broke away. In the spring of 2018, the Ohio River crested to levels we haven't seen since 1997. Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld has pointed out how frequently we've been experiencing these 100-year rain events.

An audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District has turned up nearly $780,000 worth of illegal or unauthorized spending. State Auditor Dave Yost's office released the findings of a two year investigation Friday morning.

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While the City of Cincinnati struggles to reduce a $32 million deficit, it continues to carry millions of dollars in loans and unpaid debt.

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A year after Hamilton County and Cincinnati leaders thought they'd settled the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), the deal isn't done. And it may need to be reopened.

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Imagine this: You're outside a bar on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. A friend's boyfriend has stepped outside to smoke. He finishes the cigarette, and maybe there isn't an ashtray or a bucket nearby, and so he tosses it into the street.

Or, try this scenario: You're at home with one of those "flushable" wipes. You're done with it, so, you flush it.