PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE NORTH FORK OF WEST PASS CREEK IN SHERIDAN COUNTY

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PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE NORTH FORK OF WEST PASS CREEK IN SHERIDAN COUNTY

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has requested a waiver from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) for a temporary increase in turbidity in the North Fork of West Pass Creek (Section 5; T57N, R88W) in Sheridan County. Activity in cold water streams is normally limited to a ten NTU increase over background. Approval of this request would allow an exceedance of this limit for up to 31 working days, subject to monitoring and reporting. This activity will follow the procedures in Chapter 1, Section 23(c)(ii), of the WDEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allow for temporary elevated levels of turbidity in certain circumstances. An application for a 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been submitted for this project. Proposed activities include the installation of a fish barrier to facilitate restoration of the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

Requests for related information and documents about the proposed temporary turbidity increase should be directed to Bret Callaway by email (bret.callaway@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-5802).  Comments must be addressed to Bret Callaway, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, 200 West 17th  Street, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002, and postmarked before 5:00 p.m. on July 24, 2018 (or faxed to 307-635-1784) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.