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Mule deer migration

Mule deer does cross the Fremont Lake outlet near Pinedale. The town has submitted a water quality plan for the lake to the EPA.

PINEDALE (WNE) — Pinedale is on target and on schedule to meet compliance with Environmental Protection Agency criteria to do a study of Fremont Lake and its drinking water supply.

Brian Gray, with Jorgenson and Associates, reported during the April 8 council meeting that consultants completed the plan April 3, well ahead of the 60-day deadline of April 29, and sent it to the EPA for approval.

The ongoing study and responses from the EPA have become a permanent agenda item for the town council as part of the study’s promise to the EPA that there is full public disclosure about the town’s drinking water.

The study is an attempt by the town of Pinedale to avoid a $16-million water filtration system. Pinedale is one of the few municipalities in the nation that gets pure drinking water from an open lake. The water is treated with chlorine and an ultraviolet system to ensure it is safe to drink. Because water in the lake, tested two times a week, has always met EPA standards, there has never been a requirement to filter the water before it is treated.

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However, that all changed in August 2018 when test samples exceeded the EPA standards for fecal coliform.

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