Notice of Proposed Issuance of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Individual Permit to Discharge to Waters of the United states - Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Facility

A Fact Sheet and associated documents are available for review. For inquiries or to request copies of documents, contact:

DEC Contact:                       
Jeanne Swartz
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water
Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Draft Permit Public Notice Period
Public Notice Start Date: November 26, 2019
Public Notice Expiration Date: January 2, 2020 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time

Permit Number:                   

Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility
Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Facility
15524 Artillery Road Eagle River, AK 99577
3000 Arctic Boulevard Anchorage, AK 99503

Proposed Project and Location:
The Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) operates the Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Facility (ER WWTF) serving a population of approximately 18,000 people in the community of Eagle River, Alaska, part of the Municipality of Anchorage. The ER WWTF is a Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTW), an activated sludge secondary treatment plant with effluent filtration and ultraviolet disinfection. The ER WWTF discharges secondary treated domestic wastewater to the receiving water body, Eagle River, at 61.321667 North latitude and 149.591944 West longitude. The design rate for the facility is 2.5 million gallons per day of treated domestic wastewater. The expected pollutants present in the discharge are total nitrate/nitrite, copper, lead, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, temperature, and Whole Effluent Toxicity. From June 1 through September 30, a mixing zone measuring 159 feet in length and a width of 25 feet is authorized. From October 1 through May 31, a mixing zone with a length of 790 feet and a width of 26 feet is authorized.

Tentative Determination:
DEC has tentatively determined to reissue a discharge permit to the above listed applicant.

Public Comments:
Written comments or requests for a public hearing on the APDES draft permit must be submitted within 30 days of the issuance of this public notice. Please direct written comments and requests to the attention of Jeanne Swartz at the address or email identified above. All comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of comment on the permit condition(s) and the relevant facts upon which the comment is based.

Comments of either support or concern that are directed at specific, cited permit requirements are appreciated. Mailed comments and requests must be postmarked on or before the expiration date of the public notice.

DEC will consider all comments when making the final decision, and will respond to received comments in a Response to Comments document issued when DEC issues a final permit. The Response to Comments will be made available to the public.

Any interested person may submit a written request for a public hearing if no hearing has already been scheduled. A request for a public hearing shall state the nature of the issues to be raised, as well as the requester's name, address and telephone number. DEC will hold a public hearing whenever DEC finds, on the basis of requests, a significant degree of public interest in a draft permit. DEC may also hold a public hearing if a hearing might clarify one or more issues involved in a permit decision or for other good reason in DEC’s discretion.

DEC will transmit the final permit, fact sheet (amended as appropriate), and Response to Comments to anyone who provided comments during the public review period or requested to be notified of DEC final decision.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. AST 

Administrative Record:
The APDES draft permit, fact sheet, permit application, and associated documents are available for public review at the DEC offices located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Soldotna, and Wasilla. Please contact the office of your choice to arrange for hard copies of the documents to be available for your review.

555 Cordova Street

610 University Avenue

410 Willoughby Ave #303

Anchorage, AK 99501

Fairbanks, AK 99709

Juneau, AK 99811




43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road                                         1700 E Bogard Road #B
Soldotna, AK 99615                                                         Suite #103
907-262-5210                                                                  Wasilla, AK 99654

If you would like further information or to see any additional supporting technical documents, contact Jeanne Swartz.

The documents are also accessible from the DEC website at:

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Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate in this public process, please contact Kate Orozco at (907) 269-0291 or TDD Relay Service 1-800-770-8973/TTY or dial 711 within 30 days of publication of this notice to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

Attachments, History, Details

Revision History

Created 11/25/2019 4:27:39 PM by cfishwick
Modified 11/25/2019 4:30:24 PM by cfishwick
Modified 11/26/2019 9:22:12 AM by cfishwick


Department: Environmental Conservation
Category: Public Notices
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #:
Publish Date: 11/25/2019
Archive Date: 1/3/2020
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