ACCWA CALLS ON COUNTY TO STOP GAS STATION IN AQUIFER PROTECTION AREA

The failure to provide continuous fuel sales and the lack of a necessary license show that allowing the former Tumbleweed Express gas station to re-open is contrary to Albany County’s zoning laws, according to Albany County Clean Water Advocates (ACCWA). “We are about to have 33,000 gallons of fuel placed on top of one of […]

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Statement of Albany County Clean Water Advocates on County Action Regarding Tumbleweed Express

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 ACCWA supports the Albany County Commissioners’ proposed temporary moratorium on further development in the aquifer protection zone. However, ACCWA believes that the Albany County Zoning Resolution now in place gives the county the authority to address the threat presented by re-starting operations at the gas station formerly known as Tumbleweed Express […]

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2017 Suggestion to Build a New Car Dealership

The City of Laramie Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) ultimately decided that they would not “relax” the Casper Aquifer Protection Plan (Table 15.08.040.A Prohibited Activities.)  list of prohib uses The proposal to relax Prohibited Uses was based on a memo by a city consultant and supported by City Planning staff. The memo and subsequent staff […]

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CAPP Links

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Has the Casper Aquifer Been Contaminated?

HAS THE AQUIFER BEEN CONTAMINATED? The 2013 East Laramie Waste Water Feasibility Study evaluated 115 private wells and found that “approximately 65% of the East Grand area wells that were sampled show nitrate contamination, with 4% of the wells exceeding the EPA Drinking Water Standard for nitrates which is 10 mg/l.”  [link] Background nitrate concentrations […]

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Risks to our Water Supply

Septic system effluent, highway accidents, hazardous chemicals, animal waste, herbicides, pesticides, “urban runoff”, chemical spills, and improper chemical disposal can all add contaminants to the aquifer.  The CAPP includes discussion and a local inventory [link].  Standard hydrogeology textbooks identify the importance of septic tanks [textbook link]. ACCWA accepts the compromise that identified the western boundary […]

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Land Ownership Map

The majority of the protection area is owned by two entities – Warren Livestock (and subsidiaries) – 41%, and Mountain Cement – 15%.  Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the University of Wyoming, and the State of Wyoming own isolated tracts across the recharge area – total 23%, and the remaining portions, closest to the city, […]

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