The MWMC was formed in 1977 through an inter-governmental agreement between Lane County and the Cities of Eugene and Springfield. The MWMC was created to construct and operate the regional wastewater facilities for the Eugene-Springfield area.
A History of Water Quality Improvement
1950: Eugene and Springfield dispose of wastewater direclty to the Willamette River.
1972: Clean Water Act passes, establishing new requirments for wastewater treatment.
1977: City officials decide a new regional plant is needed to serve wastewater disposal needs of the growing region; MWMC is formed.
1979: Groundbreaking begins for the regional wastewater treatment plant.
1984: New wastewater treatment plant comes online.
1989: Biosolids Management Facility begins operation.
1997: Complete the Water Pollution Control Facility Master Plan, which initiates the Facilities Planning Process.
2000: Biosolids Dewatering Facility constructed.
2001: Wet Weather Flow Management Plan is developed.
2004: The Commission adopts the "Facilities Plan," a roadmap to meet the community's wastewater needs until the year 2025.
2004: First phase of Biocycle Farm is planted.
2006: Major construction begins at the treatment plant to deliver on "Facilities Plan" improvements.
2010: Completed influent pumping and headworks expansion project, allowing more flow to enter the plant during wet weather, high-flow events.