As the first-ever official shortage hits the basin, a top federal official believes the state can responsibly execute its plans to hold even more water behind dams.
Colorado River Compact
Five water storage projects underway in Wyoming would capture or use 115,000 acre-feet from an already strained basin. Wyoming is bent on accomplishing its goals.
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.
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.