Tracy Hodel, assistant public works director for the City of St. Cloud, will present ?ÄúPast, Present and Future of Wastewater Services in Central Minnesota?Äù during Breakfast Club 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Stearns History Museum. The program begins at 9 a.m. Hodel will provide a brief overview of how wastewater treatment has evolved and share sustainability initiatives planned by the City of St. Cloud in the near future.
Wastewater treatment has always been a complex. Since St. Cloud?Äôs early days in the mid-19th Century, a partnership formed with the Mississippi River to use its water for the public?Äôs benefit. Hodel will touch on the history, capturing the key moments in which city staff members gained experience and knowledge about the environmental impact of water treatment. The City also has utilized technology to aid the process, implementing energy-saving techniques to save tax-payers money. ?ÄúAll of these things tie in together,?Äù Hodel explained, ?Äúso we have to make sure we look at the big picture.?Äù
That vision only makes for brighter days ahead. Hodel will share future plans on how to use water efficiently to improve the environment for the next generation.
The Breakfast Club program is free for Stearns History Museum members and $7 for nonmembers. Refreshments are served. The Museum is located at 235-33rd Ave. S. in St. Cloud.