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109.PROJECT:UW Study Research
SPONSOR:State of Wyoming
PROGRAM:New Development

Dr. Larry Pochop of the Engineering College at the University of Wyoming has requested information on the needs of the State of Wyoming (WY) in relation to its water resources projects. These are water related needs that also relate to the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) and their programs. The USGS has approved an annual allotment of $70,000 to the State of Wyoming for water related research projects for the next five years. The USGS funds need to be matched by state funds at a rate of 1 to 2 ($70,000 USGS to $140,000 WY). At the current time, this funding to Wyoming is in a probationary status. This is due to the joint projects with the USGS getting lost in the shuffle when the Water Research Center ended.

The WWDC staff along with the State Engineer's Office (SEO) staff have presented Dr. Pochop with areas that need additional research and data acquisition in the areas of instream flow, ground water aquifers, surface water from a TMDL perspective, and water related endangered species topics.

The SEO has also submitted ideas in the areas of conveyance losses and water conservation and management. The Wyoming Geologic Survey submitted information on their needs in the coal bed methane area.

The Commission recommends that the project be incorporated into the New Development Program at Level I with an appropriation of $140,000. The WWDC anticipates additional appropriations for the upcoming years for continuation of these research projects.

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