PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO FISH CREEK

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Public Notice: PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO FISH CREEK

 The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from Confluence Consulting, Inc. for State certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nationwide Permit #27, for discharge of dredged or fill material to Fish Creek south of Wilson, Wyoming. The purpose of the project is to enhance stream habitat for Snake River cutthroat trout along an approximate 2,800-foot segment of Fish Creek. 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 increasing deep holding and cover habitat through constructing new pools or enhancing existing ones. Root-wads and boulders would be incorporated into some pools to provide cover. Approximately 690 cubic yards (CY) of material excavated from the pools will be re-distributed to create point bar and riffle features at or in proximity to the enhanced pools. No net loss of wetlands is anticipated.

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 September 23, 2020 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted. Para español, visite deq.wyoming.gov.