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.
Little Snake River
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.
State will match grant to help consultants decide whether to pursueNational Forest land swap or a permit for the controversial $82-million West Fork Dam above Little Snake River. Reservoir would aid as few as 67 irrigators.
A controversial impoundment proposed on the West Fork of Battle Creek in Carbon County has hit a couple of speed bumps but remains alive.
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.