WPR News
11:12 am
Mon June 20, 2005

Freudenthal Concerned About Waning Interest in Water Storage

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal worries that high moisture levels this spring could mean people will lose interest in water storage projects. Freudenthal says people need to remember that Wyoming is a high-plains desert state and the water projects discussed during the five-year drought will, in the long-run, be fundamental to the state's growth. Plus, the Governor thinks all the state has really gotten this year is a respite. While there's plenty of water in reservoirs, Freudenthal notes that along the North Platte River, usage agreements mean much of that water will end up in Nebraska. The Governor says the ability to get permits will loom large as the state chooses sites for future water storage projects. The last project in the state was the High Savery Dam in Carbon County and Freudenthal says that took almost 13 years to build, with the bulk of that time spent on permitting.