Bear River Basin Advisory Group
State Water Planning Efforts
May 17, 1999
Sue Lowry, Barry Lawrence, and Jon Wade provided the Basin
Advisory Group (BAG) and participants with a review of the State's
water planning efforts. The consultant selected to prepare the
Bear River Basin plan, Forsgren & Associates, presented a
description of the work to be completed as part of the plan.
Several members of the original Bear River Basin Advisory Group
are no longer able to participate in the planning process, so the
group discussed how to replace these individuals. Several names
were suggested, including Ralph Stahly to replace Hight Proffit,
and Pat Thompson, the new Bear River State Park Superintendent, to
replace Allen Cowardin. Jon Wade will contact Eric Heltzel to
obtain recommendations for Eric's replacement.
The group agreed to send other names for consideration to Jon Wade
at the WWDC. These suggestions will be reviewed by the entire
group at their next meeting. Jon can be contacted at 307-777-7626.
The group was asked their views on enlisting the participation of
state and federal agencies as part of the BAG. The members chose
to maintain the "status quo," and to ask state and federal agency
personnel to attend meetings and act as technical advisors on an
"as needed" basis. Members of the State Planning Team and other
governmental officials will continue to be present at all meetings
to provide technical assistance.
The original ground rules established by the BAG will be
maintained. In addition the group chose to add two new ground
rules. New members added to the group to fill vacancies will be
Wyoming residents, and each BAG member will name one alternate to
attend meetings in their absence.
To reduce staff time commitments, the BAG members agreed to
schedule all future meetings on the second Monday of each month
beginning on July 12, 1999. The Green River Basin BAG will be
meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, which will allow the
Planning Team to schedule travel more efficiently. As in the
past, meetings will be rotated among the communities of Evanston,
Kemmerer and Cokeville.
Evan Green has assumed a new position with the DEQ and will no
longer be a member of the Planning Team. Aaron Waller has assumed
a new position in Washington state and he assumed his new duties
in May. The group wishes to extend their appreciation to both
Evan and Aaron for their tireless dedication and hard work on the