Groundwater

Contact
NAME/EMAILPROGRAMSPHONE
Lily BarkauGroundwater Section Manager Cheyenne(307)777-7072
Tyler HarrisUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-5501
Steven LooseGPC ProgramUIC Program Project Manager, Lander(307)335-6942
Laurel MorrowUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-7608
Cherrie NelsonPavillion InvestigationGPC Program 
Project Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-7092
John PassehlUIC Program , Federal Facilities Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-5623
Troy SandersUIC Program Program Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-6081
Justin ScottUIC Program Project Manager, Cheyenne(307)777-7511
Taylor SpiegelbergUIC Program Project Manager, Lander(307)335-6752
Nicole TwingKnow Your Well , Gillette-Madison Wellfield Project
GPC Program and Federal Facilities Program Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-8275
Kira WeberCAFOsProduced Water PermittingGPC Program 
Project Manager, Cheyenne
(307)777-70
Electronic Documents Submittal

In response to the Governor's request to limit contact and the move toward staff working remotely for the near future, the WDEQ Water Quality Division (WQD) has made electronic document submittal available. This includes permit applications, response to comments, reports, and other communications. Forms have been set up for individual WQD Sections (Watershed, WYPDES, Groundwater, Water/Wastewater), and a form is also available for general WQD submittals. Please choose the appropriate form from the list of links below to upload your documents. If submitted electronically, no hardcopy is required to be submitted unless you are contacted by a WQD Section Manager with a request to submit the hard copy. Please note that the Water Quality Division is unable to accept comments on documents in public notice via these forms. Please refer to the public notice for instructions on how to submit comments.

Groundwater Section:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD
Watershed Section: https://bit.ly/2QAz379
Water and Wastewater Section:https://bit.ly/2UriqvM
WYPDES Section: https://bit.ly/3dbcKyy
General WQD:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD

NOTICE: Effective November 23, 2021, all permits to be submitted for water distribution systems and/or sewage collection systems that are within the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) district shall be submitted to the BOPU for approval.  BOPU contacts are Frank Strong or Bryce Dorr at (307) 637-6460, ENGreview@cheyennebopu.org, or www.cheyennebopu.org for additional information.

Forms

Groundwater Pollution Control (GPC) Forms

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Forms

 
Guidance and Information

This page contains a variety of downloadable documents and information pertaining to Groundwater guidance procedures. 

 
Helpful Links

This page contains a variety of links to supplementary Groundwater information and resources, from reports to data and information systems.  

Monitoring Data

This page contains information, including fact sheets and maps, about Groundwater monitoring programs in Wyoming.  

Aquifer Prioritization Project
This project developed a method to prioritize aquifers for groundwater monitoring based on their geology and potential contaminant sources.

Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping Project 
GIS coverage maps and reports are available for each county. Please run the Autorun.exe in each county's zip file to access all data except the maps. To access map data, please download the shapefiles separately and import them into ArcMap.

AlbanyBighornCampbellCarbonConverseCrook, Fremont, GoshenHot SpringsJohnsonLaramieLincolnNatronaNiobraraParkPlatteSheridanSubletteSweetwaterTetonUintaWashakieWeston

Ambient Groundwater Monitoring Program

Pesticide Monitoring Program
Wyoming's Pesticide Monitoring Program is a cooperative monitoring effort between the Wyoming Dept. of Agriculture and the US Geologic Survey (USGS). Since 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, has been sampling groundwater in Wyoming. Sampling of surface water for pesticides began in 2006.

Groundwater and surface water data, maps, and reports, including fact sheets are available for each county.

Rules and Regulations

All official Wyoming State Rules and Regulations are kept at the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office. Click here to view all current Rules and Regulations. 

 

The WQD Groundwater Program works to protect and preserve Wyoming’s groundwater by permitting facilities to prevent contamination, and investigating and cleaning up known releases.

The Groundwater Section includes the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program that permits the discharge of wastewater effluent, in-situ uranium processing waste and oilfield waste into subsurface geologic formations. These permits contain limits on the quality of the discharge based on aquifer or groundwater conditions and standards, and establish self-monitoring and reporting requirements for the permittees.

In addition to the UIC program, the Groundwater Section is responsible for developing groundwater classifications for exemption of aquifers impacted by in-situ uranium mining operations, overseeing groundwater investigations, implementing the division’s ambient groundwater monitoring program, administering the division’s groundwater data management system and overseeing the cleanup of legacy groundwater contaminated sites such as at historic spill sites and Department of Defense cleanup of Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), such as the former Atlas Missile Sites in Laramie and Platte counties. 

The Federal Facilities team works with the Federal Government to clean up soil or groundwater contamination at active or decommissioned federal properties, such as the Atlas D Missile Site 4.

The GPC Program evaluates potential impacts to the groundwaters of the State by activities permitted at the local, state, or federal level.

The Know Your Well Program helps private well owners learn more about their drinking water wells and how to protect their water supply.  If you have a question regarding private water wells, including permits and construction, please contact the Wyoming State Engineer's Office at 307-777-6150.

The UIC Program is responsible for regulating and permitting the construction, operation and closure of facilities that dispose of or store non-hazardous materials below ground.