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.
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.
Gov. Matt Mead described SF-74 as “flawed,””imprecisely crafted” and in need of “additional work” in his letter to the Senate.
Water managers face a dilemma; The only thing worse than too little water in Wyoming’s reservoirs is too much.
An audit of water development says officials failed to follow good-government laws and suggests lawmakers clarify who heads the program.