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 30. PROJECT:Cokeville Reservoir
SPONSOR:Cokeville Development Company
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development

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.

The Commission recommends that the project be incorporated into the New Development Program at Level I with an appropriation of $ 200,000.

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