FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT - City of Laramie Northside Tank Project

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

TO ALL INTERESTED GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND PUBLIC GROUPS: 

As required by guidelines for the Wyoming State Environmental Review Process, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has performed an environmental review on the proposed State Revolving Fund (SRF) supported action below: 

Project: City of Laramie Northside Tank Project

Location: Albany County, Wyoming 

Total Cost/SRF share: $12,859,000/$4,356,000

The proposed project is the construction of a buried municipal water storage tank (approximately 1 million gallons), a transmission pipeline, a pump station, and associated infrastructure.  The proposed tank would be located in Section 25, Township 16 North, Range 73 West, while the transmission pipeline would extend from the tank east to west, crossing Sections 21-25, 28, and 29 (i.e., the Project Area).  The pump station, located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Roger Canyon Road and Asphalt Road, would deliver water from Pressure Zone 1 to the storage tank servicing Pressure Zone 3.  The proposed project could improve water storage capacity and delivery capabilities for water in the northern section of the City of Laramie.  The proposed project would account for potential water deficiencies in an urban area with anticipated growth, while meeting Wyoming DEQ fire flow regulations.  The implementation of the project would cost $12,859,000. 

Laramie plans to acquire $4,356,000 as a Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan, administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments.  The loan would be repaid by Water Fund revenues, with a 50 percent (%) principal forgiveness provision.  Increased water user fees and capital reserves would be used to service the loan payments.  Across user classes in the tiered rate structure, the average rate increase is estimated to be $1.25/month per billable user, which would be used to repay the loan.  Loan terms include a 2.5% interest rate for 30 years.  Notably, not all user classes are subject to the same potential rate increase.  Laramie performs a 10-year financial and capital plan revenue requirement review, and this average rate could change by critical review of expenditures and needs of Laramie’s water system.  

No significant adverse environmental impacts will occur due to this project.  The proposed project will not adversely affect wetlands, prime agricultural lands, threatened or endangered species habitat, historical sites, or sites with environmentally sensitive characteristics.  The primary impacts of the project will be short-term and construction related.  

The review process did not indicate significant environmental impacts would result from the proposed action.  Consequently, DEQ has made a preliminary decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  DEQ has taken this action on the basis of a review of the environmental assessment document and other supporting data, which are on file at the DEQ Water Quality Division.  The public may review these documents upon request. 

Comments supporting or disagreeing with this decision may be submitted for DEQ Water Quality Division consideration.  Address all questions and comments to Brian Mark, Principal Engineer, DEQ, 200 W. 17th St. 2nd Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002, Tel. (307) 777-6371, email: brian.mark@wyo.gov.  After evaluating comments received, DEQ will make a final decision; however, DEQ will take no administrative action for at least 30 days after publication of this Finding of No Significant Impact. 

Publish Date: April 22, 2017