FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT - Melody Ranch Water System Improvements

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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:  Melody Ranch Water System Improvements

Location:  Teton County, Wyoming 

Total Cost/SRF share: $1,444,000 / $499,300

This project will improve the Melody Ranch municipal water system with the construction of an additional water well, improved transmission main, and more efficient pumping system. The project will result in improved reliability of water supply, additional capacity to meet water demand, and improved system operation.

Based on current cost estimates, the Melody Ranch Improvement and Service District plans to borrow $499,300 from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. Increased user fees will repay the loan. The average rate increase is estimated to be $86.10/year per user to repay the loan. Loan terms will be 2.5% interest rate and 20 years. 

A Categorical Exclusion Determination was issued for $330,000 of water system valve improvements to be completed within the district separately from the Melody Ranch Water System Improvements.  The Melody Ranch Improvement and Service District is utilizing $82,500 of principal forgiveness and borrowing $247,500 through the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. Increased user fees will repay the loan. The average rate increase is estimated to be $42.70/year per user to repay the loan.  Loan terms will be 2.5% interest rate and 20 years. The average total rate increase for both projects $128.80/year per user to repay these loans.  

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.  Ground disturbance near Flat Creek may increase sediment and turbidity.   Sediment discharge to Flat Creek will be controlled through appropriate erosion control best management practices, including re-establishing vegetation and replacing riprap rock to re-stabilize the stream banks.  Construction activities within the stream channel will not be allowed from March 15 to July 31 to minimize impacts to Snake River Cutthroat trout spawning.

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 Cheyenne Office.  The public may review these documents upon request.

Comments supporting or disagreeing with this decision may be submitted for DEQ consideration. Address all questions and comments to Stan Miller, SRF Project Engineer, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St. Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY 82002, Tel. (307) 777-6371, FAX (307) 635-1784, email: stanley.miller@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:  Jackson Hole News and Guide - June 27, 2018