The water quality problems in our community are not unique, and are actually among some of the most common water resource problems in the nation. Community awareness of these issues and participation in the programs seeking to mitigate these issues will help protect our water resources for the future.
As our population increases so does the diffuse (nonpoint) sources of pollution. Septic systems, stormwater runoff, agriculture and fertilizers contribute excessive nutrients (nitrogen & phosphorus) that enter our rivers and streams feeding nuisance algae blooms ...Learn More
In 2017, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality found that sections of Fish Creek and Flat Creek exceeded Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentrations deemed safe for full body contact recreational activities. E. coli is a group of ...Learn More
One of the most pervasive influences of land-use activities on stream ecosystems is an increase in sediment load. Urbanization and increased impervious surfaces (roads, parking lots, etc.) Development in riparian zones Erosion caused by soil disturbance ...Learn More
When buildings, parking lots, roads and other impervious surfaces are added to the landscape, the ground does not absorb the water. Water from rain or snow storms, known as stormwater, instead flows over streets, parking ...Learn More
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are organisms that are not native and cause significant harm to an ecosystem when introduced. Harmful impacts can occur to municipal water supplies, recreation, and agriculture. Aquatic invasive species can include ...Learn More
The key to preparing our water resources for the effects of climate change is to make them healthy and resilient now.