DEQ Honors Mining Industry in Wyoming

DEQ Honors Mining Industry in Wyoming By Kimberly Mazza CHEYENNE – Today, December 6 is National Miner’s Day 2022.  As one of Wyoming’s founding industries and historically rooted in the state’s culture and economy, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) would like to honor our Wyoming miners and acknowledge the continued impact of Wyoming’s […]

Over 3,000 Sagebrush Seedlings Planted this year.

LANDER – “The sagebrush planting went great,” stated Josh Oakleaf, Project Manager and VegetationCoordinator with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Abandoned Mine Lands (DEQ-AML) Division. Oakleaf was referring to the AML Native Plants Project (NPP) fall planting, which is a partnership createdin 2016 by the DEQ-AML Division and the Bureau of Lander Management AML […]

Risks Associated with Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCBs) Continue Despite Cooler Temperatures

CHEYENNE, Wyo – Although fewer people are recreating in Wyoming’s lakes and reservoirs this fall as water and air temperatures decrease, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), Wyoming Livestock Board (WLB), Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Parks, and United States Forest Service want […]

Wyoming Presented with OSMRE Western States and Tribes Region Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award 

WASHINGTON – The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement honored the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Abandoned Mine Land Division during the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs conference in Grand Junction, Colorado, on October 17. Wyoming won the award for reclamation work at Hanna Elementary School and the adjacent high school football field and […]

Parfitt Announced as Past-President at ECOS Fall Meeting

Todd Parfitt, Director of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently attended the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) Fall Meeting. Formed in 1993, ECOS is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders.  The focus of the Fall Meeting was “Taking Innovation to New Heights” and included presentations on State […]

DEQ 2022 School Bus Replacement Program in Progress

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ) is providing $843,660 of grant funding for early replacement of diesel school buses through the 2022 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA 21 Grant).   The WYDEQ created the School Bus Replacement Program in 2016 with money from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and from matching […]

DEQ and partners work to manage river sediment, improve fishery

By Kristine GallowayCHEYENNE – The Shoshone River fishery has improved and is now better-protected thanks to jointefforts by Wyoming organizations. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) partnered with multiple organizations toredesign operations at the Willwood Dam in Park County to improve sediment management to betterprotect water quality standards and support the downstream fishery. DEQ, […]

DEQ Land Quality Division Wraps-up Summer 2022 Intern Program 

The Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Quality Division (LQD) established the summer internwork program in 2021 to recruit a junior or senior student enrolled at the University of Wyoming in theCollege of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The summer temporary position provides an opportunityfor a student to gain valuable skills while supporting the DEQ intern mission […]

DEQ awards annual non-coal reclamation award to Colony Mine

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently awarded the 2022 Excellence in Mining Reclamation Award for non-coal to Halliburton Bentonite Performance Minerals (BPM) for the voluntary reclamation of an abandoned mine site adjacent to the Colony Mine. DEQ presents the Excellence in Mining Reclamation Awards to Wyoming coal and noncoal mine operators […]