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Pilot System Water Conservation Program RFP Released

September 28, 2015

The Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) has issued a second Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Pilot System Water Conservation Program for the Upper Colorado River Basin. This RFP is for consideration of projects to be implemented in 2016.  Facing declining levels in Lakes Powell and Mead, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and four major water providers that depend on the Colorado River Basin supplies have committed $11 million, of which at least $2.75 million is intended for use in the Upper Colorado River Basin, to fund the Pilot System Water Conservation Program. This program is designed to develop and test tools that could potentially be used as part of a drought contingency plan to help protect storage within the Colorado River basin. This is the second round of proposals that the UCRC, funding partners and Wyoming State Engineer’s Office will consider. On July 1, 10 projects were approved by the parties (5 in Colorado and 5 in Wyoming) that allow farmers, municipalities and other water users to voluntarily and temporarily forego use of their water in exchange for compensation. Approximately $1.6 million remains available for projects in 2016. All users of Colorado River water are encouraged to consider developing a pilot project for consideration under this RFP.

 For questions, please contact Steve Wolff, Colorado River Coordinator, at or (307) 777-1942.

Wyoming State Board of Control (BOC) issues Draft Revised Hydrographer-Commissioner Manual in advance of consideration of its adoption at the August BOC Meeting
20 July, 2015

State Engineer Orders Corrective Control in the Laramie County Control Area

Responding to mounting concerns over increasing development and use of groundwater resources in the Laramie County
Control Area (LCCA), State Engineer Pat Tyrrell issued an order on April 1, 2015 that will guide groundwater development
in that area for at least the next five years.

The mission of the Wyoming State Engineer's Office and Board of Control is to provide for the general supervision and protection of both inter- and intra-state waters of Wyoming. This includes the appropriation, distribution and application to beneficial use of water as provided under the prior appropriation doctrine, and to maintain the flexibility within that framework to meet the changing needs of the citizens of Wyoming. The State Engineer's Office collects, analyzes, maintains and provides water related information for ensuring the appropriate management and regulation of Wyoming's water resources.