Water Quality Division’s Role in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies, prior to making decisions, to evaluate the environmental and related social and economic effects of their proposed actions and to make these evaluations available for public review and comment.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) participates in the NEPA process as a cooperating agency, providing technical expertise to ensure that potential impacts to the quality of waters of the state are adequately evaluated and that Wyoming’s water quality statutes, rules, regulations, and other requirements are met.

WDEQ/WQD generally recommends federal agencies evaluate and minimize potential impacts to waters of the state, with particular attention to:

WDEQ/WQD has also compiled a summary document that describes the most common permits and water quality requirements that may apply to proposed NEPA projects.

DEQ also reminds federal agencies that in addition to overseeing development and enforcement of Wyoming’s Water Quality Rules and Regulations, WDEQ/WQD also implements portions of the Federal Clean Water Act, including:

Contact Madeleine Hamel (307-777-7050, for further information.

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