The Cokeville Development Company was created by a group of irrigators in the Smiths fork
Drainage. They requested a Level II study to identify storage opportunities in the Smiths Fork
drainage. The Cokeville Development Company's request identified the need for a multipurpose
reservoir that would provide water for agricultural uses, for flood and erosion control. The
sponsor does not however have an entity that we can work with for a level II study.
Several studies have been completed for this area. The most recent of these studies was
completed in the mid 80's. More detail is required on permitting issues such as Wetlands and
Endangered Species Act. Additionally, an alternative analysis needs to be completed that will
attempt to identify any potential off channel reservoir sites. A recent site visit revealed
significant wetlands to be inundated at most of the listed sites. Therefore, the WWDC in lieu of a
Level II study, recommends a level I report that identifies potential environmental constraints, off
channel storage potential, and updates the costs associated with this project.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The Commission recommends that the project be incorporated into the New Development
Program at Level I with an appropriation of $ 200,000.