PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO WATERS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

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PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO WATERS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from the Western Federal Lands Highway Division on behalf of the National Park Service for State certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nationwide Permit #14, for discharge of dredged or fill material to the Yellowstone River, Pelican Creek, Indian Pond and adjacent wetlands in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The purpose of this project is to reconstruct a 3.2-mile segment of the East Entrance Road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond. All waters in Yellowstone National Park are designated Class 1 where point source discharges are prohibited except for storm water and construction related discharges. This certification will require meeting the provisions in Chapter 1, Section 7(b) of the WDEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allows these discharges under certain circumstances. This reconstruction project will involve road widening, parking area improvements, repair of Fishing Bridge, reconstruction of Pelican Creek Bridge and installation of swales to passively treat stormwater from the road and bridges. The project will result in permanent impacts to a total of 0.35 acre of wetland and 0.005 acre of channel. Approximately 1.877 acres of wetland restoration is anticipated adjacent to Pelican Creek.

Requests for information about the proposed water quality certification should be directed to Eric Hargett by email (eric.hargett@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6701). Comments must be addressed to Eric Hargett, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, 200 W. 17th Street – 4TH floor, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and be postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017 to be considered.  Phone or email comments will not be accepted.