A controversial impoundment proposed on the West Fork of Battle Creek in Carbon County has hit a couple of speed bumps but remains alive.
Lawmakers seek “beneficial use” label for drought mitigation, security against downstream demands.
Funds to be used to acquire Forest Service property, avoid NEPA entanglement.
Proposal is heavily conditioned, may face showdown with House.
But lawmakers want full funding identified — perhaps including $20 million from Colorado — before any construction begins.