Cat-Ex Publication Notice for Town of Hudson Water Infrastructure Improvement Project

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Public Notice: Cat-Ex Publication Notice for Town of Hudson Water Infrastructure Improvement Project

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION

For the TOWN OF HUDSON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT,
FREMONT County, Wyoming

The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the proposed TOWN OF HUDSON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT project in accordance with EPA and State of Wyoming procedures for implementing the State Environmental Review Process. DEQ has determined that this project is eligible for a categorical exclusion. Accordingly, DEQ is exempting the project from further substantive environmental review requirements under the State Environmental Review Process. Neither an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact nor an Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision will be required for the proposed action. The following is a brief description of the situation and the proposed action and a brief statement of how the action meets the criteria for a categorical exclusion.

Update the Hudson Water Treatment Plant with current standard equipment and to complete a study to determine the source of unlocated leakage. This will replace 30–35 year-old water meters that are getting hard to find and help with the efficiencies of the system. We have updated our SCADA system and found many of the meters associated with the SCADA system were outdated and needed to be replaced with modern meters. During the last twelve years, several design flaws in the plant have become obvious and need to be corrected. As the equipment needs to be replaced some of these flaws should be corrected. We are currently depositing $20,000 per year for the replacement of the actual filters of the system. A review by GE (plant suppliers) has indicated that we probably have 3-5 years left on the filters. We replaced the original filters approximately five years ago. The distribution system is approximately 30 years old, and we have started experiencing some apparent leaks and breaks over the last couple of years. We are currently dedicating an increase in the loss ratios and plan to use sonar to identify leaks and fix the system where leaks are determined to be.

Based on current cost estimates, the Town of Hudson plans to borrow Five Hundred Twenty-five Thousand dollars ($525,000) from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. Increased user fees will repay the loan. The average rate increase is estimated to be four to five dollars ($4.00 - $5.00) per user (6%) to repay the loan. Loan terms will be 2.5% interest rate and 20 years.

The TOWN OF HUDSON is aware of and accepts the fact that it will be responsible for any required mitigative actions associated with and including storm water runoff, erosion control, archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns. These will be part of the standard State Revolving Funds Program contract conditions. The TOWN OF HUDSON acknowledges that there may be fugitive dust emissions due to the clearing or in the leveling of land, excavation, movement of trucks, repairing existing water lines, or during project activities. To assist with minimizing the controlling dust generated by the project, the use of frequent watering to the affected areas may be necessary and the Town will take care to control dust or debris which may be blown toward any populated areas.

DEQ is granting an exclusion because this project will upgrade and rehabilitate existing infrastructure and upgrade the existing water meters with new water meters installation. This project will be completely constructed in previously disturbed ground, specifically ground disturbed by previously installed water lines, water meters, and existing water treatment plant. DEQ has determined that exempting the proposed project from further review under the State Environmental Review Process will not result in adverse impacts to the population or the area of HUDSON, Fremont County, Wyoming.

The documentation to support this decision will be on file in the DEQ Cheyenne Office and is available for public scrutiny upon request. Comments concerning this decision may be addressed to Stan Miller, SRF Project Engineer, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St. Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY 82002, Tel. (307) 777-6371, FAX (307) 635-1784, email: stanley.miller@wyo.gov. Para español, visite deq.wyoming.gov.

Kathy Shoopman, Hudson Town Clerk
Publish Date: September 14, 2022