PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE BIG LARAMIE RIVER IN ALBANY COUNTY

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PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE BIG LARAMIE RIVER IN ALBANY COUNTY

Olson Excavating, LLC has requested a waiver from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) for a temporary increase in turbidity in the Big Laramie River (Section 1, 2 & 35; T13N – 14N, R77W) in Albany 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 twenty (20) 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 re-contouring and stabilizing the channel to improve wildlife and aquatic habitat and restore the river to a more resilient pattern.

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 August 1, 2018 (or faxed to 307-635-1784) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.