Public Notice No. 6952

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain



Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed
Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

To:  All interested Agencies (Federal, State, and Local), Groups and Individuals.
This is to give notice that HUD under part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for CDBG under the Water and Sewer Line project.  The proposed improvements to occur within the Flood Zone ‘A’ floodplain are associated with the town’s existing wastewater lagoons, and include the following:

1. Remove biosolids from all three of the town’s wastewater treatment lagoons.
2. Upsize lagoon #3 to add an additional 0.75 acres of exposed surface area (about 1.5 million gallons of storage).
3. Install a new HDPE synthetic liner in lagoon #3 to eliminate seepage into the underlying water bearing units.
4. Replace the existing synthetic PVC lining systems in lagoons #1 and #2 with a modern HDPE lining system if funds are available.
5. Install Floating Baffle Curtains (2 each) in lagoons #1 and #2.
6. Add improved lagoon control valves to the wastewater system.
The town’s existing wastewater lagoons consist of three facultative ponds located on an 8-acre property owned by the town and located about 0.5 miles south of Fort Laramie and just north of the North Platte River.  The wastewater lagoons are located entirely within the Zone ‘A’ floodplain, and Zone ‘A’ encompasses approximately 90 or more acres of floodplain immediately surrounding and including the wastewater lagoons.   
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by the activities in the floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool.  The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by Town of Fort Laramie at the following address on or before February 17, 2019: The Town of Fort Laramie,  102 W. Otis Street, Fort Laramie, WY 82212 and (307) 837-2711, Attention:  Neal Stone, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Comments may also be submitted via email at
Date: February 1, 2019 & February 8, 2019

Public Notice No. 6952 published in the Torrington Telegram February 1, and 8, 2019.