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Small Water Projects


Solar platform installed and operational on
Thunder Basin National Grasslands

Casey Jones well with solar platform
and water tanks
The purpose of the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) Small Water Project Program (SWPP) is to participate with land management agencies and sponsoring entities in providing incentives for improving watershed condition and function. Projects eligible for SWPP grant funding assistance include the construction or rehabilitation of small reservoirs, wells, pipelines and conveyance facilities, springs, solar platforms, irrigation works, windmills and wetland developments.

Planning for small water projects will be generated by a WWDC watershed study or equivalent as determined by the Wyoming Water Development Office. A watershed study will incorporate, at a minimum, available technical information describing conditions and assessments of the watershed including hydrology, geology, geomorphology, geography, soils, vegetation, water conveyance infrastructure, and stream system data.

For a list of watershed studies, click here

A management and rehabilitation plan outlining site specific projects that may remediate existing watershed impairments or address opportunities beneficial to the watershed is required for access to the SWPP. Activities should improve watershed condition and function and provide benefit for wildlife, livestock and the environment. Projects may provide improved water quality, riparian habitat, habitat for fish and wildlife and address environmental concerns by providing water supplies to support plant and animal species or serve to improve natural resource conditions.


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Program Operating Criteria24 kb
Small Water Project Application31 kb30 kb
Hydrologic Evaluation91 kb 364 kb
Well Evaluation91 kb 364 kb
Project Sponsor Checklist104 kb 365 kb
Sage Grouse Analysis Sheet84 kb 365 kb

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