The court decisions associated with the Big Horn General Adjudication case have effectively
increased the competition for water in the Wind River drainage. This study effort will look at
storage potential to alleviate the anticipated future shortages that will occur when the Tribes fully
activate their decreed award. Over the years numerous storage sites have been identified in the
Wind River drainage. This study will screen the previously identified sites and determine the least
environmentally damaging potential reservoir development that will provided the supplemental
water needed in the Wind River drainage.
This study is continuing, with the final report to be submitted at the end of October 2001. To date
the demands for water have been evaluated and reservoir sites reviewed. A major result of this
study will be to identify potential reservoir sites and develop a short list of sites which can address
the water needs and which are practical to permit and construct.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action required.