Symbiont has a 100% MDV application success rate!
Symbiont has successfully prepared applications for the Multi-Discharger Variance (MDV) from total phosphorus water quality based effluent limits. Our efforts include the first MDV application submitted in the State. The MDV is a powerful tool that can be used to help meet permit requirements. The DNR states that “the multi-discharger variance (MDV) for phosphorus extends the timeline for complying with low-level phosphorus limits. In exchange, point sources commit to step-wise reductions of phosphorus within their effluent as well as helping to address nonpoint sources of phosphorus from farm fields, cities or natural areas to implement projects designed to improve water quality.” With the MDV, point sources avoid meeting restrictive limits in exchange for investing in watershed nutrient reduction improvements. This provides time for watershed improvements to produce tangible results and for equipment options to come down in cost. The MDV also provides funding to counties to organize land conservation programs so that nutrient trading becomes more available as a viable option for point source permit compliance. Therefore, all land conservation projects completed by counties will contribute to improved water quality which in turn, might support less restrictive phosphorus limits.
The MDV application process requires compiling detailed information on facility improvements, current phosphorus performance, economic impacts of phosphorus compliance, and screening for eligibility. Symbiont has worked closely with clients, large and small, public and private, to develop comprehensive applications approved by the DNR. To date, we are batting a thousand with MDV applications for our clients.
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You can read more about the MDV on the DNR's website