Citizen    Government    Business    Visitor
Wyoming Water Development Commission 
Harry C. LaBonde, Jr., PE, Director 
6920 Yellowtail Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82002 
Phone: 307-777-7626 

Agency Information
 Mission Statement
 Commission Agendas & Minutes
 Consultant Selection
 Items Open for Public Comment
 Operating Criteria
 Project Application Information
 Send Us Your Comments

Planning Program
 Dam and Reservoir Planning
 Groundwater Grant Projects
 Instream Flow Filings
 Current Planning Projects
 River Basin Planning
 Weather Modification Study
 Probable Maximum Precipitation
 Water Research Projects

Construction Program
 Current Construction Projects
 Small Water Projects

Agency Publications
 Project Reports
 Water/Climate Web Atlas
 Irrigation & Water System Surveys
 Legislative Reports
 Water Mgmnt & Conservation Dir
 History of Wyoming Water Law

WWDC Home Page

Water Plan Home Page

WRDS Home Page

Active Projects

 68. PROJECT:Lander Paleozoic Well
SPONSOR:City of Lander
LOCATION:Fremont County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 7 2002 I $40,000 2004

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.

The WWDC recommends the project budget be increased at Level II in New Development to an additional appropriation of $540,000.

   Citizen    Government    Business    Visitor   Privacy Policy