Temporary water transfers allow water-rights holders to sell billions of gallons of state-owned water for millions of dollars, almost none of which goes to the state.
All eyes are on Wyoming, state senator says, as water commission board member Budd-Falen questions need for new law that would make banking a beneficial use.
Forest Service would log, cut, burn, build 600 miles of temporary roads across 562 square miles in Medicine Bow Mountains and Sierra Madre.
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.