In 1996, $200,000 was appropriated from Water Development Account 2 for
Wyoming stream gage rehabilitation and construction for FY 96-97. The
Bureau of Reclamation and the USGS also appropriated monies for work on
these Wyoming stream gages. An October 3, 1997 letter from the State
Engineer's Office (SEO) stated that a systematic, continuing program of
maintenance, upkeep and evaluation of statewide stream gage needs is
necessary. The federal agencies may have funds available for stream
gage work statewide for the next 3 to 4 years. This project could
continue as a special funding for construction and maintenance of stream
gages throughout the State of Wyoming for the next few years.
Another $200,000 was appropriated Water Development Account 1 for Wyoming
stream gage rehabilitation and construction for FY 98-99.
The SEO is required to submit an itemized accounting of expenditures
with each transfer request under the 1998 authorization, and will be
required to submit annual reports and a final report containing all
information developed to date and their progress.
A final project completion report containing all the information
developed as a result of a MOU shall be submitted by the SEO to the
WWDC by June 1, 2000.
The SEO did not undertake any stream gage rehabilitation measures and
requests that $200,000 in funding be included in the 2000 omnibus water
bill. The original $200,000 will revert to Water Development Account II.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The Commission recommends that the rehabilitation be incorporated into
the Rehabilitation Program with an appropriation of $200,000.