PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO WATERS IN THE FISH CREEK DRAINAGE

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Public Notice: PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO WATERS IN THE FISH CREEK DRAINAGE

     The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from Pioneer Environmental Services, Inc. on behalf of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) for State certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nationwide Permit #42, for discharge of dredged or fill material to Dicks Ditch, an unnamed intermittent stream and nearby wetlands within the Fish Creek drainage near Teton Village, Wyoming. The purpose of this project is to upgrade and improve the Lower Tram Line at JHMR to make the ski run groom-able by snow cats. All waters within the Fish Creek drainage are designated Class 1 waters where point source discharges are prohibited except for storm water and construction related discharges. This certification will require meeting the provisions in Chapter 1, Section 7(b) of the WDEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allows these discharges under certain circumstances.

     Proposed activities include removing surface rocks on the upper two thirds of the run and grading the lower third of the run. Grading will remove a high ridge line and the re-distributed cut material (8,750 cubic yards) will fill approximately 0.04 acre of wetland and 875-feet segment of an unnamed intermittent stream. A new channel will be constructed on the surface of the re-graded area that matches the size and contours of the original intermittent stream segment. In addition, approximately 400 linear feet of Dicks Ditch will be relocated to an old channel that will connect back to the current Dicks Ditch channel approximately 360 feet downstream. An existing culvert located in Dicks Ditch will be extended by 40-feet. Approximately 1,050 cubic yards of fill material will be imported to complete the project.

     Requests for information about the proposed water quality certification should be directed to Eric Hargett by email (eric.hargett@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6701). Comments must be addressed to Eric Hargett, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, 200 W. 17th Street – 4TH floor, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and be postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2020 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.