In 1986 Laramie County submitted an application to the WWDC requesting a flood control and
groundwater recharge study for the Crow Creek drainage. Laramie County indicated development in
Cheyenne has aggravated flooding problems on Crow Creek. The flood control portion of the study
was completed in 1989 and developed flood control plans for Crow Creek below Cheyenne, Dry
Creek, and Allison Draw.
The groundwater recharge portion of the study was completed in 1990, concluding that without
Cheyenne wastewater effluent there was a limited amount of water available for recharge. Stream
gaging equipment was installed in the Carpenter area to better quantify the volume of water
In 1997 the Laramie County Conservation District applied to WWDC for assistance in developing
inexpensive spreader dikes, and other facilities, to economically induce recharge from Crow Creek
into the alluvial aquifer near Carpenter. Their application was rejected because a conservation
district has funding limitations that make it not a suitable entity, but the project was placed on hold to
allow WWDC staff to provide technical support.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.