SERCD participates as a cooperating agency in federal decision-making processes related to federal plans, policies, and programs that will impact local land use, management of natural resources, the citizens, and the local tax base.
The District has adopted specific policies for those priority issues of concern within the list of resource categories below. Refer to the Long Range Plan for further details.
• District Operations/Education
• Ecosystem Services
• Energy Development & Mining/Minerals
• Private Property Rights
- Vegetation – General, Conservation Forestry,
Rangeland Health and Management
- Water Resources
- Wild and Feral Horse
On-going Planning Activities
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an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being developed for this project. The Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative is a proposal from the State of Wyoming to designate almost 2,000 miles of pipeline corridors across private, state and BLM-managed lands in Wyoming. Approximately 1,150 miles of the proposed corridors are located on BLM-managed lands. The project would designate a statewide pipeline corridor network for future development of pipelines associated with carbon capture, utilization and storage, as well as pipelines and facilities associated with enhanced oil recovery. The project will not authorize any new pipelines or construction but will amend several BLM Resource Management Plans across the state to make future analysis of project specific proposals more efficient.
On January 23, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” and thereby establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act and the action will replace the existing rule. Read the pre-publication version of the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule. This final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
The Clean Water Act, U.S. legislation enacted in 1972 to restore and maintain clean and healthy waters, is the primary federal law regulating water pollution in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army are the federal government agencies tasked with implementation of the law. Over the years, many other laws have changed parts of the Clean Water Act. These agencies have the authority for rulemaking to implement the Clean Water Act. The definition for Waters of the United States has and continues to undergo changes to what waters are under federal jurisdiction based upon the rules made. The Conservation District plays an active role in commenting on any proposed changes.
Landscape Vegetation Analysis (LaVA) Project
A modified Final Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled for public release on approximately April 10. There will be a 30-day project objection period after its publication in the Federal Register. Following a 30-day resolution objection period, the Record of Decision could be signed with the LaVA implementation to follow.
The Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis project, or LaVA, is a large-scale proposal to identify and treat areas in the forest with the intention of restoring forest health. General information can be found on the MEDICINE BOW-ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST WEBSITE or for more specifics view the LaVA PROJECTS PAGE for progress and analysis documents.
Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project
This project represents the largest onshore wind energy facility in North America. When fully operational, the project will be capable of generating up to 3,000 megawatts of power. The first phase of the project was authorized in January 2017. The infrastructure and first phase of the project are in construction. The most recent activity is a December 2, 2019 decision for PHASE II TURBINE DEVELOPMENT EA3 .