The US Geological Survey will merge operations from their Wyoming and Montana Water Science Centers this fall.
The centers measure stream flow and quality in each state, which share two water sheds and have similar geography.
Wyoming-based USGS Hydrologist says currently, each team can only do monitoring up to the state line.
Governor Matt Mead is considering requiring companies to test for groundwater contamination before drilling for oil or gas.
The new requirement would be part of the Mead’s energy strategy for the state. The goal is to make it easier to determine whether contaminated water was the result of energy production.
Jill Morrison with the Powder River Basin Resource Council says the proposed requirement is long overdue.