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Green River Basin Advisory Group
Big Piney, Wyoming
The meeting began with Joe Lord introducing himself as the new facilitator. Joe handed
out new name tents, and explained how to use them. The new name tents contained the
rules for conduct and the mission statement for the group. Next the Basin Advisory
Group (BAG) members and audience members introduced themselves.
Expectations for the Meeting
Joe went through the agenda. Planning team issues were moved forward to item number
two. Problems and Issues identification was changed to item number three. The
remainder of the agenda was not changed.
Planning Team Issues
Jon Wade began the discussion with an update on the
Biographical Surveys. The Surveys were requested by the BAG to help
members identify other members' backgrounds and interests. Surveys
were passed out to each member, which were to be filled out and returned
to the staff. However, very few surveys were returned. The planning
team decided to set this project aside unless specific requests were made in
Programs for Local Presentations:
A request was made by the Bear BAG for a video to
bring to local groups that might explain the purpose of the planning effort.
Jon Wade and Barry Lawrence will make a video of a future River Basin
Planning presentation. This presentation will cover general information
on the planning effort, and will be made available to any group member
who wishes to use it. Handouts focusing on statewide and specific River
Basin Planning efforts will also be produced and made
The State Water Plan will be put on the water plan
website when it is completed. The Water Resources Data Systems
(WRDS) is providing this service as technical arm to the water planning
process. In order for them to present the material clearly, WRDS needed
information about the computers owned by members of the BAG. Their
questions for the group and resulting replies follow:
New Mailing Policy:
How many people have Internet access? Most.
What is the average monitor size? Approximately 14 or 15
How old is your computer? Most are newer than two years
What is the speed of connection? Most have 14K or above,
however, 5K was suggested as the slowest connection.
What is the resolution of the monitor? 640 x 480 average.
One to two weeks prior to the meeting, mailings will
be sent out to all BAG members. Every mailing will contain agendas,
meeting records, and new informational handouts. For members who did
not attend the previous meeting, handouts from that meeting will also be
included. Handouts passed out at each meeting will be listed on the
meeting record itself.
Problems and Issues Identification
Many issues were addressed during this portion of the meeting. Those issues discussed
are listed below:
- One member felt that it is important for this plan to identify and supplement shortages
with surpluses. He also wanted to maintain the right to supplement shortages, legally and
financially, and to address competition between uses.
- The importance of a reliable and cheap water supply for the Oil and Gas
Industry was addressed. One member felt that the water would need to be in a
guaranteed supply, and reflect boom and bust cycles.
- Many members feel that it is important to relate water planning to the
financial infrastructure. Diversions from and de-earmarking of water development funds
- One member felt that there is a need for a basin group to provide policy,
direction, and water allocation information. This individual also had process questions.
- One member felt that it is important to quantify what is being used, what is available for
use, and whether we are guaranteed water will be there in the future.
- One member felt that it is important to protect against federalization of
Wyoming's water. This member also felt that it is important to protect the strength and
integrity of the compact.
Following the break Joe Lord discussed the format for the rest of the meeting. Jon Wade
spoke to the group concerning the goals of the BAG and what their responsibilities are.
Pat Tyrrell of States West Water Resources Corp. presented the consultants timeline, and
discussed the consultant's progress. States West has ordered 160 color infrared aerial
photos for the portion of the basin that contain irrigated lands. Pat passed around an
example of these photos for the group to look at.
Jeff Fassett spoke to the group about the law of the river and about the importance of the
effort that the group is undertaking with issues identification.
John Shields discussed the impacts of salinity on the
environment, agriculture, and municipal uses. To minimize the damage caused by the
salinity to this nation's waters the Federal Government passed the Salinity Control Act.
The idea was that it is easier to take pollutants out of the water than it is to fix the
problems later. Salt comes from many sources, some are natural and some are man
induced. The Salinity Control Program strives to reduce man made sources to lower the
total amount of salt that goes into the river. There were three stations picked to monitor
the salt levels, Hoover Dam, Parker Dam, and Imperial Dam. Participation in this
program is voluntary. Methods of improvement include environmental quality incentive
programs and on farm improvements.
Go to the Salinity Control Presentation
Following the Salinity Control presentation by John Shields, Rose
Skinner, Mayor of Pinedale, spoke to the group concerning the proposed de-earmarking
of the water development funds. She suggested that the group contact their legislators at
and express their opposition to the de-earmarking. The
group further recommended that Joe Lord, Facilitator, draft a letter echoing those
sentiments and signed on behalf of the Green River BAG members in attendance.
October 12, 1999 in Lyman at the Lyman Town Hall Courtroom, 5 PM.