Aquifer

The state engineer says Laramie County residents could see new restrictions on groundwater use in the future.

Much of the county gets its water from the Ogallala Aquifer, which is being depleted faster than it can recharge. The state engineer’s office is launching a study to figure out what would happen to the aquifer if current water use continues.

State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says it’s important to come up with a management plan before the water runs out.

Some landowners on the aquifer recharge area east of Laramie object to language in the Albany County Casper Aquifer Protection Plan’s draft resolution.

After hours of testimony, the Senate Minerals committee killed a bill that would have allowed the City of Laramie to acquire a parcel of land to protect the community’s water supply. The city said it wanted the state to spend 15 million dollars to buy the land, but members of the committee questioned city and county officials over whether they had considered other options.  In the end the bill died when Senator Chris Rothfuss of Laramie offered a due pass motion that failed to get a second. Committee Chairman Eli Bebout told community members he’s sympathetic, but urged them to look into ot