1. New Applications
The deadline for new project applications is the fifteenth of September. 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 if they should
advance to either a Level II feasibility study or Level III Construction program. At the November
meeting of the WWDC, consultant reports are presented and project sponsors are given the
opportunity to present their requests to the Commission. The WWDC provides 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, Final Design 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 6 senators and 6 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