In 1986 Laramie County submitted an application to the WWDC requesting a flood control and
groundwater recharge study of the Crow Creek drainage. Laramie County indicated that
development in Cheyenne has aggravated flooding problems on Crow Creek. The flood control
portion of the study was completed in 1989. As a result, flood control plans were developed for
Crow Creek below Cheyenne, Dry Creek, and Allison Draw.
The groundwater recharge portion of the study was completed in 1990, and concluded 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
In 1997 the Laramie County Conservation District applied to the 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 the
conservation district was unable to provide sufficient security. However, 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.