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.
Mastery on the water may get you into the game, but specialized soft skills and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty are what determine survival.
“Water is emotional,” says Trout Unlimited staffer Hillary Walrath, so never forget that in Wyoming, river work is people work.
Critics say the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act would require opening 400 miles of rivers to paddling regardless of park studies.