GOOSE CREEK WATERSHED

 

Goose Creek Watershed is located in north-central Wyoming and originates in the Big Horn Mountains west of Sheridan, Wyoming.  It encompasses 267,520 acres (418 square miles) within Sheridan County including the residential areas of Sheridan and Big Horn, several rural subdivisions, numerous ranches, and a section of the Bighorn National Forest (BNF).

 

The two largest tributaries within the Goose Creek Watershed are Big and Little Goose Creeks that originate in the Big Horn Mountains west of Sheridan, Wyoming and pass through the Bighorn National Forest (BNF), several ranches, rural subdivisions, and through the community of Big Horn and the City of Sheridan.  Near the center of Sheridan, Big and Little Goose Creek join to form Goose Creek.

 

Accessible to over 27,000 Sheridan County residents, these streams and their tributaries are used extensively throughout the year.   Local citizens of all ages commonly recreate on these streams, especially in Sheridan’s city parks and along recreational pathways.

 

 

The Goose Creek Watershed Plan

The Goose Creek Watershed Plan includes goals and objectives to address bacteria and other watershed issues identified by Goose Creek Watershed Plan Committee (GCWPC) participants.   The watershed committee also included recommendations and activities the group felt would achieve the objectives, such as the continuation of local improvement programs offered by the SCCD-NRCS to address bacteria and sediment contributions from livestock facilities, septic systems, eroding/unstable stream banks, and stormwater.

 

In the summer of 2008, WDEQ decided to move forward with the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on the Goose Creek watershed.  While the watershed plan addresses a broad set of water resource issues/needs, the TMDL was needed to provide a more quantitative, focused approach to address bacteria and sediment in the Goose Creek Watershed.  In September of 2010, the Goose Creek TMDL was completed.

 

The watershed planning process like the TMDL and the Goose Creek Watershed Management Plan have improved widespread local awareness about several important resource issues and has led to more public interest in the watershed.

 

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