PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN SPRING CREEK

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PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN SPRING CREEK

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from Intermountain Aquatics for a temporary increase in turbidity in Spring Creek near Afton, Wyoming. The temporary increase in turbidity is associated with the proposed stream restoration and bridge construction.

Activity in cold water streams like Spring Creek 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 thirty (30) 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineer 404 permit 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 September 30, 2020 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted. Para español, visite deq.wyoming.gov.