From The Public News Service:
Wyoming has moved one step closer to getting more water for ranching, agriculture and industrial development.
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has advanced a bill that would allow the state to take an additional 125,000 acre-feet of water from the Green River at the Fontenelle Dam…
State officials say expanding the Fontenelle is necessary for farmers and ranchers who need a reliable water supply to keep crops and livestock healthy.
They feel the measure would also be an economic incentive for new businesses to grow and create jobs in southwestern Wyoming…
[Gary Wockner] notes Wyoming isn’t the only state trying to get more water from a shrinking source.
He points to a proposal by Denver Water to expand the Gross Dam that would remove an additional 5 billion gallons annually from the Colorado.
While upper-basin states may technically have rights to the water, Wockner says the challenges of a changing climate and 16 years of drought can’t be ignored.