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Wyoming Water Development Commission 
Harry C. LaBonde, Jr., PE, Director 
6920 Yellowtail Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82002 
Phone: 307-777-7626 

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Legislative Program

The Water Development Commission utilizes the following process to generate its funding recommendations for legislative consideration.

  1. New Applications

    The deadline for new project applications is the first of October. Upon receipt, new applications are reviewed, available reports are read, and project sites are visited. The WWDC makes preliminary recommendations regarding new applications at its October meeting.

  2. Existing Projects

    Typically, project reports are drafted by the first of November. These reports are reviewed by the WWDC and project sponsors to determine if the project should be terminated or progressed in the program. At the November meeting of the WWDC, consultant reports are presented and project sponsors are afforded the opportunity to present their requests to the commission. The WWDC generates preliminary recommendations on existing projects at its November meeting. The recommendations address the project budget and financing plan.

  3. Public Meetings/Hearings

    If a proposed Level I -- Reconnaissance Study or a Level II -- Feasibility Study is of particular concern or controversy, the WWDC may solicit public input at a public meeting prior to finalizing its project recommendation. The Commission holds formal public hearings on all projects which are proposed for Level III -- Development Plans and Construction.

  4. Coordination with the Governor

    The WWDC provides the Governor with its preliminary recommendations and a financial report addressing impacts to the water development accounts. The Governor may provide input throughout the recommendation process.

  5. Final Recommendations

    The WWDC meets in December or early January to finalize its legislative recommendations on new applications and existing projects. The Commission considers public input received at the meetings and hearings and recommendations of the Governor. Sponsors and interested parties or individuals who may wish the commission to reconsider its preliminary recommendations are provided the opportunity to address the commission with their concerns.

  6. Select Water Committee

    The Select Water Committee is comprised of 5 senators and 5 representatives. The committee reviews and comments on the Wyoming Water Development Commission's recommendations and budgets. Typically, the Select Water Committee serves as sponsors for the Water Development Program legislation.

  7. Legislative Process

    The legislature must approve the allocation of funds from the water development accounts to particular projects. This approval is solicited through the "Omnibus" Planning and Construction Bills.

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