PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN WEST FORK CROOKS CREEK

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Public Notice: PROPOSED TEMPORARY TURBIDITY INCREASE IN WEST FORK CROOKS CREEK

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from the ConocoPhillips Company for a temporary increase in turbidity in West Fork Crooks Creek near Jeffery City, Wyoming. The temporary increase in turbidity is associated with proposed covering of an exposed pipeline.

Activity in cold water streams like West Fork Crooks 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 two (2) 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 applied for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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 November 25, 2020 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted. Para español, visite deq.wyoming.gov.