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Wyoming Water Development Commission Critical Aging Irrigation Infrastructure Project, Level I Study

With recent events such as the collapse of the Gering - Fort Laramie Canal tunnel, coupled with identification of significant structural issues with the LaPrele Dam, and other recent structural failures, critical aging irrigation infrastructure has become a pressing issue in the State. Much of the State's irrigation infrastructure exceeds 100 years in age. To begin to address the issue of aging infrastructure, the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) received funding from the 2022 Wyoming State Legislature to conduct the Critical Aging Irrigation Infrastructure Assessment Level I Study (Study). The goal of the project is to minimize economic impacts and disruptions to producers by proactively identifying irrigation infrastructure failures before they occur.

Trihydro Corporation, based in Laramie, Wyoming, has been selected to complete the Study. Trihydro staff are collecting information through research of historic reports, previously collected data, and discussions with irrigation entities, irrigators, and select agencies across the state. A list of critical irrigation structures within the State will be developed, prioritized, and evaluated to help the WWDC and Wyoming Legislature understand the magnitude of aging irrigation infrastructure issues.

Ten public meetings are being held across the State to inform the public and gather additional input. Landowners, ranchers, and farmers are invited to attend meetings in their area to help identify aging infrastructure in their systems, discuss the areas of largest concern to daily operations with Wyoming Water Development Office and Trihydro staff, and learn about funding opportunities for resource related projects.

Completion of the project is planned for December 2023

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Laramie - September 20

Hansen Arena
Mary Mead Room
306 WY-230
Laramie, WY
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Saratoga - September 29

Platte Valley Community Center
Shively Room
210 W Elm Ave,
Saratoga, WY 82331
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Lyman - October 11

Uinta County Conservation District Office
204 East Sage Street
Lyman, WY
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Pinedale - October 12

Sublette County Library
Lovatt Room
155 S. Tyler Ave.
Pinedale, WY 82941
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Casper - October 26

Central WY Fairgrounds
Indoor Arena Classrooms
1700 Fairgrounds Rd
Casper, WY 82604
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Buffalo - October 27

Senior Center
Aspen Room
671 W Fetterman St
Buffalo, WY 82834
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Riverton - November 8

Central Wyoming College
Intertribal Center Room #116
2860 W. Main St.
Riverton, WY 82501
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Powell - November 9

Northwestern College
Yellowstone Conference Center
Room YB 106
231 West 6th Street
Powell, WY 82435
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Worland - November 10

Worland Community Center
Washakie Room
1200 Culbertson Ave
Worland, WY 82401
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Torrington - November 17

Platte Valley Bank
The Community Room
2201 Main St
Torrington, WY 82240
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Contact Information

Chace Tavelli, Project Manager

Wyoming Water Development Office
307-777-7626
chace.tavelli@wyo.gov

Jay Schug

Trihydro Corporation
970-449-2921
jschug@trihydro.com

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