As the U.S. Forest Service studies a Wyoming plan for irrigators to draw down a Sublette recreation destination by 22 feet, it likely won’t weigh water-saving alternatives.
Omnibus water bills may help municipalities, advance New Fork Lake dam project and resolve a flap over Gillette water project that rural residents believe disrupted their domestic wells.
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.
Lawmakers are expected to scrutinize the cost of a 280-foot-high structure proposed in the Little Snake River drainage.
Water managers face a dilemma; The only thing worse than too little water in Wyoming’s reservoirs is too much.