State land board votes to analyze an exchange with Forest Service that would facilitate construction of 280-foot-high West Fork Dam above Baggs.
Wyoming Water Development Office
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.
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.
Study finds poor foundation and materials, but irrigators’ costs won’t go up for 8,000-acre-foot project serving 33 subscribers.
Lawmakers seek “beneficial use” label for drought mitigation, security against downstream demands.