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Public Notice: CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION City of Cody Pressure Reducing Valve Replacement Project

The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the proposed City of Cody Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Replacement 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.

The City of Cody Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Replacement Project will replace up to six (6) PRV’s within the City’s treated water distribution system due to age and deteriorated condition. The City of Cody 2021 Water Master Plan identified this as the #2 priority project for competition within the next 10-15 years. The city plans to borrow $2 Million from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. The user fees will not increase any more than what was recommended by the 2021 Water Master Plan as a result of this project.

The City of Cody is aware of and accepts the fact that they will be responsible for any required mitigative actions associated with the project, including but not limited to storm water runoff, erosion control, archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns. The City of Cody will require the contractor to mitigate effects of fugitive dust, odors, and asbestos to comply with the Clean Air Act. These actions will be part of the standard State Revolving Funds Program contract conditions.

DEQ is granting an exclusion because the project rehabilitates existing infrastructure within the City Right-of-Way and the environmental review agencies representing the National Historic Preservation Act, Farmland Protection Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Protection of Wetlands, Endangered Species Act, and Greater Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection found the project to have no adverse effects. This project will be completely constructed in previously disturbed areas, specifically ground disturbed by a previously installed Pressure Reducing Valve, water main, and city owned streets. 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 of or the area around Cody, 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:

Shawn King, SRF Project Manager

Department of Environmental Quality

200 W. 17th St.   Suite 200

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Tel. (307) 777-6941

FAX (307) 635-1784


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