Horse Creek Basin Looking At Further Regulation

Wyoming's Horse Creek Basin could be further regulated. The Wyoming State Engineer gathered input on the water availability in the Horse Creek Basin in Goshen and Laramie Counties. A capacity crowd of sixty to 80 people turned out for the hearing held recently in LaGrange. Wyoming State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says the public voiced their concerns and observations.

The Wyoming State Engineers office is concerned about the long term sustainability Horse Creek Basin. Since the 1970's and 1980's irrigation has increased water demand for the Horse Creek Basin. The purpose of the hearing was to determine if there is adequate water for all users. Tyrell says through the hearing it has been determined there isn't sufficient water for all water users so additional control will be needed. Tyrrell wants to hear from ground and surface water users to develop a water management plan.

If private citizens can't find a solution, then Tyrell says other methods will have to used to curb water demand. The state engineer's office may look at measuring water supplies, limitation of water use or issuing permits.

The Wyoming State Engineers Ground water division office will continue to take comments on the Horse Creek Basin til May 11th. After the comment period, Tyrell says they will determine what regulations and corrective controls will be put in place for the Horse Creek.

Send comments to to the Wyoming State Engineer's Office (Ground Water Division), Herschler Building 4E, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, 307-777-6163.

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