Big Horn County, the town of Thermopolis and a conservation district want the DEQ to explain to their communities its plan to allow discharges of pollutants into Boysen Reservoir and give them time to respond.
Governor, acting Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt and Legislature mull state taking the reins of NEPA process management on federal lands.
DEQ would let millions of gallons of tainted water flow into reservoir above the Wind River Canyon, but the agency says water quality will be preserved.
Drainages hold 108 percent of median water content statewide following first measurement of spring.
Gov. Gordon declines to intervene, despite pleas from conservation groups, saying existing protections in world’s densest grouse habitat are adequate.