In 1986 Laramie County submitted an application to the WWDC requesting
a flood control and groundwater recharge study for the Crow Creek drainage.
Laramie County indicated development in Cheyenne has aggravated flooding
problems on Crow Creek. The flood control portion of the study was completed
in 1989 and developed flood control plans for Crow Creek below Cheyenne, Dry
Creek, and Allison Draw.
The groundwater recharge portion of the study was completed in 1990, concluding
that without Cheyenne wastewater effluent there was a limited amount of water
available for recharge. Stream gaging equipment was installed in the Carpenter
area to better quantify the volume of water available.
In 1997 the Laramie County Conservation District applied to WWDC for assistance
in developing inexpensive spreader dikes, and other facilities, to economically
induce recharge from Crow Creek into the alluvial aquifer near Carpenter. Their
application was rejected because a conservation district is not a suitable
entity, but the project was placed on hold to allow WWDC staff to provide
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.