Lawmakers seek “beneficial use” label for drought mitigation, security against downstream demands.
Water & Power
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.
Lawmakers are expected to scrutinize the cost of a 280-foot-high structure proposed in the Little Snake River drainage.
Short cuts, subsidies and tax breaks helped create 7,000 jobs in the Powder River Basin. Damage to water, air and land is part of the price borne by the public, too.