CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION - City of Sheridan - Loucks Phase II Reconstruction Project

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION

For the City of Sheridan, Wyoming and the Loucks Phase II Reconstruction Project 

Sheridan County, Wyoming

The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the proposed City of Sheridan’s (City) Loucks Phase II Reconstruction Project (Project) in accordance with EPA and State of Wyoming (State) procedures for implementing the State Environmental Review Process.  DEQ has determined that this Project is eligible for a categorical exclusion.  Accordingly, DEQ is exempting the Project from further substantive environmental review requirements under the State Environmental Review Process.  Neither an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact nor an Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision will be required for the proposed action.  

The following is a brief description of the situation and the proposed action, and a brief statement of how the action meets the criteria for a categorical exclusion.

Project Purpose and Need: The project involves the reconstruction of W Loucks Street, between Elk Street and Jefferson Street.  This project will replace street surfacing, waterlines (approx. 1,750 LF of 10” PVC), and sanitary sewer lines (approx. 340 LF of 8” and 12” PVC and 5 manholes) that are in poor and leaking condition.  This project will also replace the existing storm drain lines of approximately 2,000 LF RCP, 19 storm drain inlets, 10 manholes and two new treatment systems. The storm drain system is in poor condition and contributes to flooding conditions in the area.  Currently no treatment systems are in-place.

Description of Proposed Improvements:  The Project principally entails replacement of the City’s aging infrastructure, plus two new storm treatment systems.  

Project Financing: The Project’s estimated cost is $3,497,500.  Funding for the Project is planned to come from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) and the Wyoming Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments program as follows:  

4.2% of the estimated Project cost ($146,887) from a principal forgiveness loan from the DWSRF.

13.0% of the estimated Project cost ($453,113) from a 2.5% interest rate, 20-year loan from the DWSRF.

4.3% of the estimated project cost ($150,000) from a principal forgiveness loan from the CWSRF.

4.3% of the estimated project cost ($150,000) from a 2.5% interest rate, 20-year loan from the CWSRF.

74.2% of the project cost will come from City funding sources ($2,597,500), which has already been approved by the City Council.  

The City intends to pay back the principal of its 2.5% rate loan with water and sewer fees, Capital Facilities Tax and Optional One Cent Fund.  The Project is included in the City’s capital improvement plans for water and sewer facilities, and has thus been addressed for funding as part of the City’s user rate structure.

The City is aware of and accepts the fact that it will be responsible for any required mitigative actions associated with and including storm water runoff, erosion control, archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns.  These will be part of the standard State Revolving Funds Program contract conditions. 

DEQ is granting a categorical exclusion because the Project will replace existing infrastructure on previously disturbed ground.  DEQ has determined that exempting the proposed Project from further review under the State Environmental Review Process will not result in adverse impacts to the population, or areas within the City or within Sheridan County. 

The documentation to support this decision will be on file in the DEQ Casper Field Office and is available for public scrutiny upon request.  Comments concerning this decision may be addressed to Brian Mark, SRF Principal Engineer, WDEQ/WQD, 200 W. 17th St., Cheyenne, WY 82002, telephone (307) 777-6371, FAX (307) 777-5973, e-mail brian.mark@wyo.gov.

Publish Date: June 5, 2017