MEG was founded in 1988 as a voice for municipal wastewater facilities before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Legislature.  MEG works to keep utility costs down and to ensure that state laws, regulations and policies are based on sound science and policy and do not add unnecessary or unreasonable burdens to its members.

Among the accomplishments of MEG in the past are the following:

  • Clean Water Fund legislation passed, increasing interest rate subsidy and providing for extended repayment rates for certain cases (2017)
  • Phosphorus Multi-Discharger Variance Legislation and Implementation (2014-2016)
  • Implementation options for NR 217 phosphorus (2008-2014)
  • Water Quality Trading Legislation (1997 and 2012)
  • Mercury Municipal Green Tier program  (2007-2010)
  • Municipal compliance options for thermal standards (2007-08)
  • Septage/Biosolids legislation (2006)
  • Non-point program redesign (1994-99) and NR 151 nonpoint rules (2007-2010)
  • Streamlining NR 149 lab certification standards (2005-2008)
  • Maintaining flexibility for SSO and CMOM standards (2002-2012)
  • Developing multi-factor permit limits for ammonia (1996-2001)
  • Legislation limiting NR 101 fees  (1999)
  • Chlorides multi-discharger variance (1998-99)
  • Development of NR 204 biosolids land application standards (1994-1996)
  • Site specific evaluation for disinfection standards (1989-1991)
  • Small facility exemption for phosphorus effluent standards  (1991-1992)
  • Development of permit language for toxics and variances (1988-1989)