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LAND USE

 

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.

• Agriculture
• District Operations/Education
• Ecosystem Services
• Energy Development & Mining/Minerals
• Private Property Rights
• Socioeconomics

  • Soils
  • Vegetation – General, Conservation Forestry,
    Rangeland Health and Management
  • Water Resources
  • Wildlife
  • Wild and Feral Horse

On-going Planning Activities

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Waters of the United States (WOTUS ) Rulemaking

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

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. A public comment period for PHASE II TURBINE DEVELOPMENT EA3 is planned for October 2019. The target date for a decision is by the end of 2019.