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.
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.
The SEO did not undertake any stream gage rehabilitation measures during FY 98-99 and requested
that $200,000 in funding be included in the 2000 omnibus water bill. The FY 98-99 $200,000 will
revert back to Water Development Accounts.
In 2000, $200,000 was appropriated from Water Development Account II for Wyoming stream
gage rehabilitation and construction for FY 00-01.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.