Lawmakers seek “beneficial use” label for drought mitigation, security against downstream demands.
Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Reservoir dam to claim more Colorado River Basin water, but it could face a fight from those downstream.
Legislation allows Carlile residents to tap into the Gillette-Madison water project, which some suspect of causing disruptions.
Funds to be used to acquire Forest Service property, avoid NEPA entanglement.
Proposal is heavily conditioned, may face showdown with House.