DEQ opens comments on Green River project

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A new proposed project could make a temporary impact on the Green River outside Pinedale.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for state certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide on a permit for discharge of dredged or fill material to the river.

The project was created for channel restoration to prevent capture of a side channel and abandonment of approximately 3,500 feet of current river channel to maintain use of an existing boating ramp and point of diversion.

This particular segment of the Green River is designated Class 1 where point source discharges are prohibited except for storm water and construction-related discharges.

Certification requires meeting specific provisions that allows for certain circumstances. The proposed activities on the project include excavation of 2,280 cubic yards of alluvium along with redistribution of 2,125 cubic yards of alluvium and import of 225 cubic yards of boulder to construct bankfull benches (a portion integrated with toewood), rock sills and J-hook vanes along a combined 880-foot segment of the main and side channels.

Requests for information can be directed to Eric Hargett at [email protected] or 307-777-6701. Written comments can be made and addressed to Eric Hargett, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, 200 W 17 St, fourth floor, Cheyenne WY, 82002 and must be postmarked on or before 5 p.m. on May 13.