PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE ENCAMPMENT RIVER

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Public Notice: PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN THE ENCAMPMENT RIVER

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District, for a temporary increase in turbidity in the Encampment River in Riverside, Wyoming. The temporary increase in turbidity is associated with a proposed third phase of stream restoration and enhancement activities.

Activity in cold water streams like the Encampment River is normally limited to a ten (10) NTU increase over background. Approval of this request would allow an exceedance of this limit for up to twenty-five (25) total 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 applicant has secured a 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project.

Requests for information about the proposed turbidity increase 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 July 08, 2020 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted. Para español, visite deq.wyoming.gov.