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Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:45 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter
Q. Spring Creek over the last few years has filled with sediment and plant growth. When this has occurred in the past there have been incidents of flooding in the residential areas along the creek. Are there plans to clear the creek so it will perform as it should in time of need as a flood control aqueduct?
A. Due to new environmental restrictions, the City is no longer able to clean out the sediment in the Spring Creek channel as we have done in the past. Because of this, the City has investigated other solutions and will implement these alternatives as funding allows.
Posted on February 1, 2019 at 10:26 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter
Q. Do the emergency test sirens go off every Friday at 10 AM?
A. The emergency sirens are owned and operated by Albany County’s Emergency Management Agency. Regular tests are conducted the first Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
Posted on January 25, 2019 at 3:54 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter
Q. What plans are being made for a clean-up of the spilled diesel fuel from the recent I-80? In general, how well is the City/County prepared for such disasters inflicted upon the aquifer?
A. The City of Laramie Fire Department responded the morning of January 21st at 04:57 a.m. to milepost 323 on Interstate 80, west bound lane, for a report of diesel fuel leaking onto the roadway from a motor vehicle accident. The fire department responds to hazardous materials spills as the State of Wyoming Regional Emergency Response Team #3 (RERT #3). The accident involved two semi-trailer trucks, one of which was hauling diesel fuel. The fuel container, along with piping and valves, was damaged in the accident causing an active leak from the trailer. The driver of the semi-trailer truck insured that all valves were closed prior to the arrival of emergency responders.
Actions taken by RERT #3 included packing the piping that was leaking, placement of a splash pool to capture any remaining active leak, and the use of sand and absorbent to collect the diesel spill from the roadway area. Absorbent material was also used at the origin of the spill area to minimize the spread of the spill and an empty fuel trailer was ordered to the scene for the purpose of offloading the remaining fuel from the damaged trailer. Other emergency response agencies on scene included the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Albany County Sheriff Department, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The State Department of Environmental Quality was notified and assigned a case number to this event.
The Casper Aquifer Protection Plan (CAPP) identifies transportation corridors as having the potential to contaminate the aquifer in a single event if hazardous materials are released in sufficient quantities. In particular, I-80 is considered a “threat with a high likelihood and greatest potential severity of damage to the Casper Aquifer from milepost 323 to 317.” For this reason, Albany County and City of Laramie completed a study of the I-80 Telephone Canyon area in a joint effort with WYDOT in 2011. Many aquifer protection control options identified in that report have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented. Reduced speed limits, roadway re-surfacing to improve skid resistance and improved spill response measures are recent changes that have been made.
The City of Laramie remains actively concerned about any impact to the aquifer that would impact the quality of municipal water. The City will continue to work with jurisdictional partners, including Albany County, the State of Wyoming, and Federal Government, to ensure public safety and adequate response as necessary to mitigate impacts to the aquifer.