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.
As city seeks to bring two water wells on line, those affected near municipal wellfield still lack relief from their own water problems.
All eyes are on Wyoming, state senator says, as water commission board member Budd-Falen questions need for new law that would make banking a beneficial use.
Short cuts, subsidies and tax breaks helped create 7,000 jobs in the Powder River Basin. Damage to water, air and land is part of the price borne by the public, too.
Water managers face a dilemma; The only thing worse than too little water in Wyoming’s reservoirs is too much.