Action Plan Discussed at Watershed Meeting

Carrie Rogaczewski, left, outlines changes in the action plan for the Tongue River watershed. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Carrie Rogaczewski, left, outlines changes in the action plan for the Tongue River watershed. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Bacteria contributions to the Tongue River watershed are to be reduced by 25 percent by 2022 under a watershed improvement plan presented at the Tongue River Watershed annual meeting Tuesday night.

That's one of 11 action items presented in a meeting held by the Sheridan County Conservation District, which has maintained an active program in the Tongue River watershed since 1996.

Carrie Rogaczewski, who's the conservation district manager, said the meeting was to update the watershed-based plan adopted in 2012.

Rogaczewski said not a lot in the plan had changed since last year's annual review, but there were a couple of changes.

The septic system mailing is part of an effort to reduce bacteria contributions from septic systems in Sheridan County. The conservation district is also seeking to reduce bacteria contributions from livestock and domestic animals and reduce other water quality impacts, such as nutrient contributions, organic matter, temperature and sediment loads.

According to material Rogaczewski handed out to those attending the meeting, the primary regulatory concern for the Tongue River watershed is E. coli bacteria, which has concentrations in excess of Wyoming water quality standards for primary contact recreation.

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Attendees at Tuesday night's watershed meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Attendees at Tuesday night's watershed meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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