TOWN OF LUSK
Categorical Exclusion Determination:
CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION For the TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING FOR STREET AND
UTILITY REPLACEMENT PROJECT located in Niobrara County, Wyoming
The Department of Environmental Quality/Water Quality Division (DEQ) has conducted a review of the
proposed Town of Lusk Street and Utility Replacement Project in accordance with EPA and State of
Wyoming procedures for implementing the State Environmental Review Process. DEQ has determined
that this project is eligible for a categorical exclusion. Accordingly, DEQ is exempting the project from
further substantive environmental review requirements under the State Environmental Review Process.
Neither an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact nor an Environmental Impact
Statement/Record of Decision will be required for the proposed action. The following is a brief
description of the situation and the proposed action and a brief statement of how the action meets the
criteria for a categorical exclusion.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday July 30th, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Lusk Town Hall Council
Chambers, 201 E. Third Street.
The Town of Lusk is proceeding with Funding applications for plans to replace all water mains, water
services, Fire hydrants, water valves, Sewer mains, Manholes and services throughout the town. The
systems are old and in need of replacement. Water mains are undersized and do not provide adequate
fire protection. Once the new Utilities are installed, then the entire street will be reconstructed
consisting of new curb and gutter, Street surfacing, sidewalks and ADA ramps. Provisions to install fiber
conduit for ease of a Carrier provided service and community connectivity will be installed. Minor storm
sewer improvements consisting of inlet replacement and manholes replacement is included. The town
proposes to complete this work over a multi‐phased, 8‐10 year project approach. Phase 1, estimated at
$6.8 million, is scheduled to being in Spring of 2021. The project funding will be a combination of SRF
funding, RUS funding, 6th penny sales tax (pending), and system user fees.
The Town of Lusk is aware of and accepts the fact that they will be responsible for any required
mitigative actions associated with and including storm water runoff, erosion control,
archeological/historic artifacts, and air quality concerns. These will be part of the standard State
Revolving Funds Program contract conditions. Short term environmental impact should be limited to
noise and dust.
DEQ is granting an exclusion because all work will be occurring with the Town of Lusk on existing street
and alleyways. This project will be completely constructed in previously disturbed ground, specifically
ground disturbed by installation of previously installed water and sewer mains, roads and alleys. DEQ
has determined that exempting the proposed project from further review under the State
Environmental Review Process will not result in adverse impacts to the population or the area of Town
of Lusk, Niobrara County, Wyoming.
The documentation to support this decision will be on file in the DEQ Cheyenne Office and is available
for public scrutiny upon request. Comments concerning this decision may be addressed to Stan Miller,
SRF Project Engineer, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St. Suite 200, Cheyenne, WY
82002, Tel. (307) 777‐6371, FAX (307) 635‐1784, email: [email protected]
Public Notice No. 5470. Published in The Lusk Herald on July 15, and July 22, 2020