The Wyoming Water Development Commission
2012 Wyoming Irrigation Systems Report
The Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) maintains a database of irrigation districts and companies in the State of Wyoming. A survey is conducted every two years and the results are used to update the database. This survey provides important information for the agency's funding criteria. It aids in prioritizing the funds available for feasibility studies and project construction. In addition, this information allows irrigation districts and companies to compare operational issues, financial data, and general information with others around the state.
From the responses received, the WWDC divides the information into six sub-reports including a mailing list, conveyances, usage and storage, systems operations, and general information. This report also contains a list of entities that are in the database but have never responded to the survey. This survey can be accessed online or a copy can be requested from the WWDC.
A total of 181 Irrigation Districts and Canal Companies are listed in the WWDC database. Of these, one (1) requested removal from the database list and 47 (26%) have never responded to the survey, therefore they are not included in these summary statistics (see Report 6 for list).
After eliminating six (6) entities from the WWDC database list that have either changed names or no longer wish to partcipate in the survey, the 2012 survey resulted in a total distribution of 127 surveys with 65 (51%) responses. In comparison, the 2010 survey distributed 134 surveys and received a total of 67 (50%) responses. The 2008 survey had 60 (32%) responses out of 189 surveys distributed. In 2012, fifty-two (52) entities were sent a hardcopy in the mail: twenty-six (26) surveys were returned by mail and one (1) was completed over the phone. Seventy-four (74) entities were sent emails to take the survey online: twenty-nine (29) were completed online: five (5) were taken online, but provided incomplete information; two (2) surveys were emailed as attachments; and two (2) were completed over the phone. Combined with responses from 2008 and 2010, 93 (70%) entities have completed the survey in the past 4 years.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for future
surveys, please contact Phil Ogle of the
Wyoming Water Development Commission, 6920 Yellowtail Rd, Cheyenne WY
82002 or call
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2012 WWDC KEY TO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS SURVEY REPORTS
Report #1: Mailing Information:
This report contains the status, contact person, mailing address,
division, and phone
number for each entity. Entities that didn't respond to the survey
incorrect contact information.
Report #2: Diversion/Conveyance:
This data refers to the entity's water supply, diversions,
conveyances, and return flows.
The individual fields are defined as follows:
|| The surface source of an entity's water supply.
|Type of Diversion:
|| How the surface source is diverted.
|Capacity of Diversion:
|| Capacity in cubic feet per second (cfs) for the
|Type of Conveyance:
|| Primary conveyance system used by the entity.
|Capacity of Conveyance:
|| Capacity of the conveyance system in cubic feet per
||Length in miles of the primary conveyance system.
|Conveyance Losses (%):
||Estimated percentage loss of the system.
Report #3: Usage and Storage:
This report contains information pertaining to water usage, storage,
and the size in acres of the
irrigation company or district. The individual fields are defined as
|# of Acres:
||Number of acres in the irrigation district or canal
|# Acres Irrigated:
||Number of acres irrigated in the district or company.
|# of Users:
||Number of individual irrigators in the irrigation
district or canal company.
||Indicates if users outside of the district/company are
served by the entity.
||Users served outside the entity.
||Amount of storage owned by the entity.
||Name of storage facility.
Report #4: Operations:
This report consists of the entity's budget and other data relating
to the system's operation. The individual fields are defined as
||How the water users are assessed for the entity's
||Approximate value of the entity's budget in dollars.
||Indicates the amount of alternative income.
||Indicates if the entity has another source of income.
|Full Time Employees:
||Indicates the number of full time employees.
||Indicates the number of full time employees.
||Amount the entity owes in existing debt.
|Date Debt Retirement:
||Date the debt will be retired if applicable.
|Board of Directors:
||Indicates if a board of directors governs the entity.
Report #5: General Information:
This report contains information pertaining to the entity's
participation in conservation and any
problems the entity has encountered. The individual fields are defined
||Yes or no, if the entity has water conservation measures
||Yes or no, if the entity provides habitat or other
beneficial factors to the wildlife in the immediate area.
||Problems encountered by the entity.
Report #6: Entities that have not responded:
This report contains the status, contact person, mailing address, division, and phone number for those entities who have never responded to this survey.