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114.PROJECT:Smiths Fork Dam
SPONSOR:State of Wyoming
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 10 1994 I Hold   1996
Level II 15 1996 I Hold   1998
Level II 82 1998 I Hold   2000
Level II 36 2000 I Hold* 2002
*A block appropriation of $15,000 was made for all hold projects.

In 1984, the States of Wyoming, Utah and Idaho joined forces to evaluate the potential of a project on the Smiths Fork of the Bear River which would serve to provide benefits to all three states. Since that time, the project has evolved to a 50,000 acre-foot reservoir which would cost approximately $35,000,000. The project would provide water supply, hydropower, water quality, flood control and recreation benefits. In 1986, the State of Utah prepared an economic feasibility report which concluded that the project was economically feasible if all three states participated in the costs and the benefits.

The project could provide flood control, recreation, hydropower, and supplemental irrigation water supply benefits to Wyoming water users and the public. Presently, the tri-state Smiths Fork project appears to be the most economical means to develop the Cokeville and Cokeville Development Association's storage allocation of 14,520 acre-feet. Therefore, the WWDC has included the Smiths Fork among its candidates for state projects to be pursued as financial resources are available. However, a primary consideration will be the ability of the states of Utah and Idaho to obtain their share of required project funding.

In 1988, the U.S. Corps of Engineers (COE) prepared a development plan for the entire Bear River. The report was completed in 1989. Several options were identified. The report verified that a dam on the Smiths Fork would provide considerable flood control, storage and water quality benefits. However, the economic assessment concluded that the project had an unfavorable benefit-cost ratio and, therefore, would not be eligible for federal funding under existing criteria. The project is presently on hold status in the New Development Program. There is local and increasing downstream interest in the project.

The WWDC recommends that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.

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