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Acme Power Plant, Sheridan Wyoming

Photo from Sheridan Community Land Trust

Acme Power Plant 1952, Sheridan, WY

Power Plant, 1952 from Ed Zowada Collection, Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum

Restoration of the Acme site will improve wildlife habitat and enhance existing recreation opportunities within the area.  Currently, environmental contamination and other hazards prohibit any sort of public use of the site. While the specific future uses of the site have not been determined, project partners identified three expectations that must be maintained.

Protect Land & Water Quality

The Tongue River Watershed provides the water resource that drives the recreational, agricultural, municipal, and wildlife opportunities for the region.  The Tongue River and major tributaries are perennial waterbodies expected to support, fish and aquatic life, agriculture, recreation, industry, and wildlife uses. 

Capture the Historical Importance

Remnants of historic coal mining communities still exist and the Acme Power Plant is an important piece of the area’s mining history.  Many local residents still feel a strong attachment to the area because of a direct connection with people that used to live and/or work in the Acme community.

Ensure Public Access & Use

The site is surrounded by open, public access opportunities, including state lands and walk-in areas on private lands.  A popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts; the lands and waterways around the site are frequently used for hunting, fishing, floating, and other non-motorized recreation activities.

Do you have a vision for the future of the Acme site?

Several communities across the country have tackled situations like this one.  Reimagining sites such as Acme are opportunities for creativity and incorporating surrounding activities and interests.  At the Community Visioning Session in August 2017, participants heavily favored uses that included some sort of outdoor recreation and an appreciation of the area history.  Click here for the summary report.  During the session, participants were presented with several examples of projects completed in other areas.  Click here for the Examples Presentation by TAB Partner, Mary Hashem.  Although architecturally and technologically innovative for its time, no decisions have yet been made on whether or not the building can be incorporated into future uses.

View of Tongue River from Acme Power Plant, Sheridan, WY
Acme Power Plant and water tower aerial, Sheridan Wyoming

Photo from Kevin Knapp, Little Goose Multimedia

Photo from Sheridan County Conservation District

Acme Power Plant, Sheridan WY

Photo from Sheridan County Conservation District

Acme Community Visioning Session, Sheridan WY

Local communities have a critical role to play in the reclamation efforts for the Acme Power Plant. Project partners understand that the site and surrounding area are important to area residents.  Members of the community will continue to be instrumental  for facilitating mitigation activities and in determining specific future uses of the site.  Project partners will continue to create opportunities to engage the community through a variety of mechanisms, including community meetings/updates, local media, and websites/social media.

Voluntary Remediation Program Site Public Participation Plan

Public Participation Plan 2023 Update (No Attachments)

Photo from Blase Leven, KSU TAB Program

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