FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT - Pioneer Water and Sewer District Water Transmission Pipeline Project

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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: Pioneer Water and Sewer District Water Transmission Pipeline Project

Location: Natrona County, Wyoming

Total Coat/SRF Share: $1,927,783.00/$681,583.00

The proposed project involves design and construction of a new 12-inch water transmission pipeline to provide redundancy and improve water service and fire flows to the central and northern portions of the District. The project is estimated to cost $1,927,783.00 and will be funded with a grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission for $1,246,200.00 and a loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) for $681,583.00. The District plans to apply for 50% loan forgiveness on the DWSRF loan. Repayment of the loan will be made with proceeds from water user rates. Rates are not expected to be increased to cover the costs of the loan payments.

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. The primary short-term impacts include dust from wind blown construction earthwork which will be controlled with watering and dust controlled measures, some potential minor erosion which will be controlled with re-seeding, erosion control measures, and dust and noise control measures.

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 (309) 777-1784, 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: August 19, 2018.