Announcement – Interim Utilities Manager Named
Mr. Larry Koshire, prior General Manager for Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), was approved as Interim Utilities Manager of SPU at the September 21st commission meeting.
Mr. Koshire served as the General Manager of RPU for 17 years, retiring in 2014. Rochester is the state’s largest electric municipal utility with combined (electric and water) revenues of $180 million annually. Prior to RPU, he was the GM for Muscatine Power and Water, Muscatine, IA.
Mr. Koshire graduated from the University of MN Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Iowa. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is active in numerous state and national boards, committees and professional organizations.
MN Dept of Health – Statement on Water Safety
Per Tannie Eshenaur, Planning Director/Drinking Water Protection of the Environmental Health Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, Shakopee city water meets all the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, including the drinking water standard for nitrate.
The drinking water standard for nitrate is 10 milligrams per liter (10 mg/L or 10 parts per million). The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) works in collaboration with the city utility to carefully watch water quality trends and take steps to prevent any violation of safe drinking water standards long before contaminant levels reach the limit. Together, they also take steps to protect the land area that drains to the city water supply (Drinking Water Supply Management Area) to keep contaminants out of the water and prevent additional treatment costs. Often that land is outside the city boundaries and may include both public and private land, making land-use changes to protect the water supply challenges.
Under Minnesota’s new Groundwater Protection Rule, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) restricts the application of nitrogen fertilizer applied to cropland in the fall and on frozen soils in Drinking Water Supply Management Areas where public wells have nitrate at or above 5.4 mg/L, which is lower than the drinking water standard. The restrictions begin September 1st of each year. Given the amount of development that has occurred in the Shakopee area in recent years, cropland acres and the associated fertilizer applications have likely decreased over time. If there are more questions about the Groundwater Protection Rule, you can contact our colleague at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Larry Gunderson (651-201-6168; Larry.Gunderson@state.mn.us).
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