Wyoming sees potential to release water owned by the federal government instead of cutting back use by irrigators, industry and municipalities to meet downstream obligations.
Water & Power
Western water system that supports 40 million persons and a $1.4 trillion economy is at risk of severe disruption, State Engineer Tyrrell said last week.
Lawmakers seek “beneficial use” label for drought mitigation, security against downstream demands.
Wyoming senator vows to reinstate $40 million that House drained from appropriation for proposed 280-foot high dam.
But lawmakers want full funding identified — perhaps including $20 million from Colorado — before any construction begins.