Gillette-Madison Well Field Project
Project Update, August 14, 2018
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received notification of water quantity and quality issues on August 11, 2017 for two existing and two deeper, replacement private domestic wells located 18 miles northeast of the Town of Moorcroft, Wyoming. The two existing domestic wells which had previously produced a good quantity of water had gone dry and the two deeper replacement wells had identified low pH (< 4 s.u.) in them.
A public meeting was held on October 12, 2017 in the Town of Moorcroft to answer questions on the recent water quality/quantity issues. In addition, a survey was distributed to identify well owners that may have noted potential water quality issues and to solicit access to sample those wells.
Study Area and Sampling
The study area is shown on the “Study Area” figure at the link below. The study area encompasses the majority of private domestic and stock wells and several springs that DEQ identified for sampling.
DEQ/WQD mobilized water sampling crews to the study area on October 25, 2017. A total of 55 locations were sampled and analyzed for the analytes identified in the Gillette Madison Well Field Private Water Well Sampling List (Click here to view). Of the 55 locations, 32 were domestic wells, 12 were identified as domestic/stock wells, 10 were stock wells and one location was a spring. All private well owners were provided with their water quality results.
Based on Workgroup #3 meetings in April 2018 and after review of the data from the 2017 private water well sampling, a number of potential data gaps were identified by workgroup members and the consultant. To address these data gaps the WDEQ collected additional samples from 13 previously sampled water wells and one spring, collected initial samples from 5 additional water wells in accordance with the October 2017 sampling list, collected 3 surface water samples (2 stream samples and one spring), and measured water levels in conjunction with the State Engineer’s Office on sampled water wells (if accessible). WDEQ is currently reviewing the analytical data and will be providing a copy of their results to each landowner in early September.
Questions regarding this effort can be directed to Nicole Twing at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-8275.
For a list of Fact Sheets regarding Common Contaminants found in groundwater, please click here.
An advisory group consisting of an Executive Committee and three (3) working groups have been established to facilitate and oversee the development of plans and schedules, to implement preferred options that address the overall objective, and to investigate the cause of impacts to private wells in the study area. The Executive Committee consists of one (1) representative each from WDEQ, Water Development Office, State Engineers Office, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the City of Gillette. The WDEQ representative is the chairperson of the executive committee. In addition, the working group has hired an independent consultant to assist with the data review and investigation of the cause of impacts.
The structure of the working groups, members of the Executive Committee and Working Groups and the task for the specified working group can be downloaded here.
The following are meeting agendas for each working group:
Working Group #1– December 21st, 2017
Working Group #2 – January 23, 2018
Working Group #3 – December 22nd, 2017
Working Group #4 – Not yet active
Interested 3rd parties may attend working group and executive committee meetings (including conference calls) and will be provided, during the meeting or conference call, an opportunity for comment prior to the working group and executive committee votes on recommendations and, at the discretion of the working group or Executive Committee chairperson, prior to adjournment. Questions regarding this effort can be direct to Lily Barkau at email@example.com or 307-777-7072.