PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN GOOSE CREEK IN SHERIDAN COUNTY

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PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN GOOSE CREEK IN SHERIDAN COUNTY

The City of Sheridan has requested a waiver from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) for a temporary increase in turbidity in Goose Creek (Section 22; T56N, R84W) in Sheridan County. Activity in cold water streams is normally limited to a fifteen (15) NTU increase over background. Approval of this request would allow an exceedance of this limit for up to two (2) 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. The project does not require a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Proposed activities include opening the gate on Mavrakis Pond to drain the pond and remove existing fish species in the pond, and then fill the pond and restock it with 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 April 30, 2019 (or faxed to 307-635-1784) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.