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The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from Cassie Snook for a temporary increase in turbidity in Inyan Kara Creek near Sundance, Wyoming. The temporary increase in turbidity is associated with bank stabilization and minor channel relocation to protect an existing earthen dam.

Activity in cold water streams 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 eight (8) 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, 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 temporary turbidity increase should be directed to Eric Hargett by email ([email protected]) or phone (307-777-6701). Written 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 June 1, 2023 to be considered. Electronic comments may only be submitted through and accepted by the Wyoming DEQ comment portal provided at Phone comments will not be accepted. Para español, visite 

Publish: May 18, 2023

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