Environmental Services Division of Public Works

Responsibilities of the Environmental Services Division

The Environmental Services Division (ESD) of Public Works manages the City assets for wastewater treatment and collections, stormwater treatment and collections, and performs design, construction, and inspections of these assets as well as for roads, streets, and sidewalks. Management of these assets involves assuring that federal, state, and local laws and policies are followed for the protection of the public and the environment.

Mission StatementDuluth-Superior_HBR_MN_016_L

To represent the interests of those whom we serve; City Residents, City Administration, and the Businesses who have chosen to provide employment opportunities to this community. To meet and maintain the high water quality standards as outlined in our discharge permit. To safely meet these challenges using the most efficient application of human and financial resources available to us. To do these things in a professional manner with openness, honesty, and integrity.

2019 Outstanding Performance - Wastewater Treatment Plant Special Projects

The City of Superior Environmental Services Division (ESD) has exciting news to share!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) awarded ESD with the 2019 Outstanding Performance – Wastewater Plant Special Projects. Although the 2019 award just arrived this month, we are thrilled about the recognition. 

Here are some comments pulled from the WDNR letter:

“Actions to optimize collection system and WWTP storage and treatment capacity during wet-weather events have been amazing during last several years. In order to ensure good communication with the WDNR, the staff making up the Environmental Services Division (ESD) have facilitated annual meetings with the Department to discuss the previous year's activities and future plans. The decrease in Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO), Treatment Facility Overflow (TFO), and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) events over the last 10 years has been significant. We appreciate the daily commitment City of Superior makes to protect our natural resources.”

Liquid Assets

Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. 

  • Watch the Minnesota Liquid Assets video HERE that aired in 2011.