- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming environmental officials are accepting public comment on a plan to downgrade water-quality standards for many streams in Wyoming, allowing higher levels of E. coli.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/1M4bE5g ) that previously the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality was requiring anyone who wanted to comment to travel to Casper for a Sept. 16 public hearing, but the department announced Friday that additional comments can be mailed or faxed in.

Three-fourths of all Wyoming’s flowing waters now are considered “secondary-contact recreation” waters by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. That’s according to a plan recently finalized by the agency.

The new designation covers 87,775 miles of streams with average flows of less than six cubic feet per second.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com


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