The Popo Agie watershed begins in the Wind River mountains southwest of Lander. The Popo
Agie drainage is made up of three major tributaries, the Little Popo Agie River, Middle Fork of the
Popo Agie River and the North Fork of the Popo Agie River. The watershed comprises
approximately 522,350 acres. The land ownership can be divided among federal (67%), private
(26%), and state (7%).
The Popo Agie watershed supports irrigated agriculture, however cattle production is the primary
agricultural industry in the watershed.
The conservation district would like to look at several variables within the watershed. District
constituents have concerns based on things such as a consistent supply of water flow, conveyance
losses in irrigation ditches, impacts from subdivisions, and a study of the fluvial health of the
watershed. This information would provide the baseline information from which the district can
continue to expand upon.
The district has collected considerable data on water quality and has organized technical advisory
groups to assist them. The results of those efforts will be used to the maximum extent possible.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the Rehabilitation Program at Level I with
an appropriation of $200,000.