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.
Wyoming Water Development Commission
Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Reservoir dam to claim more Colorado River Basin water, but it could face a fight from those downstream.
Funds to be used to acquire Forest Service property, avoid NEPA entanglement.
Proposal is heavily conditioned, may face showdown with House.
An audit of water development says officials failed to follow good-government laws and suggests lawmakers clarify who heads the program.