Western Wyoming's Water Basins Are Healthy

Jul 30, 2014

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Western Wyoming’s Snake and Salt River Basins are in good shape, according to a new report by the Wyoming State Geological Survey.

Karl Taboga is a hydrologist with the agency. He says the basins’ high rainfall means they should be able to provide water for decades to come.

“Most semi-arid basins in Wyoming receive anywhere from 11 to 15 inches of average annual precipitation and the Snake and Salt river basins receive about 33 inches”

The Snake and Salt River Basins’ serve the areas around Jackson, Afton and Alpine. Taboga says those areas are unusual in that most of the water goes towards municipal use, and not towards agricultural needs.