This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state. Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages. The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010. But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.
There are more than fifty potential projects being considered for inclusion in Wyoming’s Water Strategy. The strategy, which is being spearheaded by Governor Matt Mead, is intended to guide state investment in water development, management and conservation. The list of projects was developed through of a series of statewide public hearings and covers everything from building dams to clouding seeding to developing better public water databases.
Calling water a valuable Wyoming resource, Governor Matt Mead’s office is in the process of developing a long term water strategy similar to the recently developed energy policy. Beginning this week a series of meetings will take place across the state that will gather feedback from citizens on how the state should proceed.
Mead policy analyst Nephi Cole said they expect to hear about a number of issues.