A Level II report was completed in 1993 for the Town of Pinedale. The
town is under an EPA order to filter its water system and/or complete
a watershed control plan. In 1994, the town's Watershed Control Plan
was accepted by the EPA. The town obtains water directly from Fremont
Lake and does not filter the raw water.
In 1993, the town requested funding for a Level I water supply master
plan to assess present/future needs and to evaluate the entire water
system. The Level I study was completed in 1995 and refined the work
outlined in the Level II study. The master plan provides a complete
evaluation of their existing water supply and distribution system and
identifies those areas outside the present service area that may be
served by an expansion of the water system based on projected growth.
The completed Level I report recommended that the Town of Pinedale
construct a new pipeline from Fremont Lake to town, add additional
chlorination facilities to meet chlorine detention time requirements,
and provide redundant chlorination. The cost for those items is
estimated to be $3,550,000.
In 1998 a complaint for summary judgement was filed with the State
District Court in Sublette County by local residents concerning the
WWDC loan ($1,171,500). The complaint alleged that the Town of Pinedale
is without authority under the Wyoming Constitution and statutes to enter
into such indebtedness without a local election. A decision was rendered
by the District Court in favor of the Town of Pinedale which denied the
local residents motion for a summary judgement. This decision is
currently under appeal to the Wyoming State Supreme Court.
Substantial completion of the project was accomplished in December 1998.
Final completion, which consists of final pipeline route clean-up and
re-seeding, is expected by early spring of 1999.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required on this project.