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.
New Fork Lake
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.
$12.7 million plan would allow 94 irrigators to raise 530 more cows in the drainage. Conservation alternatives have not been completely weighed.
Wyoming lawmakers will consider funding major dam projects that advance Gov. Matt Mead’s plan to construct 10 water storage projects in a decade.
Wyoming could advance plans for a bigger dam at New Fork Lake, management of federal lands, and a lease that would enable development in sage grouse habitat.