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2003 LEGISLATIVE REPORT
| 68. ||PROJECT:||Lander Paleozoic Well|
|SPONSOR:||City of Lander|
| || |
The City of Lander is presently dealing with the effects of an extended drought cycle.
Diminished flows in the Middle Fork Popo Agie River, resulting from a series of low snow pack
years in the Wind River range, has taxed the city's ability to provide water to their customers.
Previous Level I and Level II studies explored the potential for developing supplemental and/or
replacement shallow ground water sources. The effort was focused on water quality not quantity.
The Paleozoic-age aquifer system (Tensleep Sandstone, Madison Limestone, Bighorn Dolomite),
along the east flank of the Wind River range, may provide additional drought insurance. This
aquifer system has long been recognized as having potential for providing high-quality ground
water from wells that could possibly produce over 1000 gpm. To minimize the risk to water
users during dry cycles, the city requested an in-depth Phase I groundwater study that identifies
an optimal location for drilling a test well that may ultimately be developed for municipal use.
The Phase I Study revealed several sites along the flank of the Wind River Range near Lander,
where a Paleozoic-age Test Well could be drilled. The City of Lander has requested funding for
drilling the test well.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project budget be increased at Level II in New Development to an
additional appropriation of $540,000.