All phases of energy development require water in order to operate and function. Energy projects include, but are not limited to, refineries, power plants, and drilling and developing new wells. The inventory of available surface water resources will result in a planning tool that the energy industry can use to planning new developments. The program’s focus is to catalog locations and river segments where water exists in the state, thereby providing energy developers with an easy to use reference to identify potential sources of water. Major reservoirs with available industrial water will also be included in the analysis. Additional data sources from various state and federal agencies will include: river basin plans, dam/reservoir records, water rights and stream diversion records, and water resource records. Consideration will be given to depicting this information in the Energy Atlas GIS mapping product (referenced in A2 - Energy Atlas Support Tool).
Development of a summary document denoting the locations within the State that contain surface water available for use.
Wyoming Water Development Commission
Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Geological Survey