By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – A conservation organization says that an increase in groundwater pumping is threatening water levels in rivers and streams. Trout Unlimited issued a report claiming that heavy residential development and coal bed methane production are taxing the state's ground water. And that in turn is affecting surface water. Attorney and water law expert Robert Glennon explains that groundwater is truly a finite resource.
Wyoming's state engineer, Patrick Tyrell told Wyoming public radio that groundwater pumping has affected surface water in certain areas. However, Tyrrell says much of Wyoming's residential development is in areas where groundwater is not connected to surface water.