Wyoming is the headwaters for four major rivers basins - the Missouri, Colorado, Snake-Columbia and the Great Divide. The 280,804 mile of streams and 569,269 acres of lakes, reservoirs, ponds and wetlands provide sanctuary for wildlife, enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts, and water for agriculture, industry, residents and visitors. Thirsty states downstream also depend on Wyoming water. With such demand, it is imperative Wyoming implement a comprehensive Water Strategy that manages, develops, and maintains water resources for the enjoyment and beneficial use of current and future generations. Wyoming has no less than six agencies that are in some way involved in water. The agencies’ various areas of water expertise must be coordinated. The Water Strategy will be neither a study nor an all encompassing plan; rather it will pull from and piece together studies and work previously done to identify priority initiatives. The Water Strategy will focus on water development, water management, water conservation and protection, and restoration.
A strategic framework and water strategy initiatives for Wyoming.
Wyoming Department Environmental Quality, Wyoming Water Development Commission, State Engineers Office, Wyoming Department Agriculture, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, academia, conservation groups, local governments, agricultural groups, industry, and others.