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Green River Basin Advisory Group
July 16, 2002
River Basin Planner Barry Lawrence welcomed the group and the meeting was
called to order at 10:01 a.m. Facilitators Cathy Lujan and Sherri Gregory-
Schreiner of Counterpoise were introduced to the group. All attendees
introduced themselves, followed by a review of the overall meeting agenda. A
sign-in sheet was passed around to record attendance. The next meeting is
scheduled November 19 in Green River.
Water Development Commission Report
Barry Lawrence updated the BAG on the status of the plans for the other basins.
The BAGs for the Powder/Tongue and Northeast Wyoming Basins will be
meeting July 17 in Dayton and July 18 in Lusk with the Wind/Bighorn and the
Snake/Salt Basins meeting August 13 in Worland and August 14 in Moran. The
Bear River Basin BAG met July 15 in Kemmerer. Barry discussed the status of
all basin studies, and schedule for future meetings.
Jodie Pavlica presented status reports on the Viva Naughton enlargement,
Green River Supply Canal, and Green River ASR projects.
Water Resources Data System Report
Robin Gray discussed the current drought situation. She indicated that weekly
drought e-mail updates are available, and can be requested via
firstname.lastname@example.org The Wyoming climate atlas is being updated and will be
available spring 2004. The 2002 Municipal Water Supply Survey has recently
been placed on-line. September 1, 2002 is the target date for the State
Engineer's Office (SEO) groundwater rights database in queryable format to be
Ad Hoc Group Report
Randy Bolgiano presented a report on the April 18 meeting with the Water
Development Commission, county commissioners from Lincoln, Sublette,
Sweetwater, Uinta and Carbon Counties, and other interested parties. The five
counties are contemplating the formation of a joint powers board to sponsor
Water Resources Investigations of Sweetwater and Carbon Counties (PDF Format - 3,336kb)
Jon Mason, US Geological Survey (USGS), presented an overview of the water
resources investigations in the two county study area. He indicated general
topics included a description of the study area, streamflow, ground water, water
quality and water use. Study area aspects included physiography, climate, and
geology; streamflow components included characteristics, such as stream types
and flow duration, and both USGS and SEO data sources; water quality and
water use components included both surface and groundwater and related data
sources; and groundwater components included data sources and physical
properties of aquifers.
He continued by stating that surface water quality utilizes current USGS
cooperative gaging sites. Field parameters, which are measured, can include
discharge, water temperature, turbidity, pH, and fecal coliform bacteria.
Measurable laboratory parameters include trace metals and dissolved minerals,
nitrate and phosphate. Groundwater quality differs in that there is no current
USGS well network. Field parameters measures include well water level, pH,
water temperature, turbidity, and alkalinity. Laboratory parameters include radon
in addition to those from surface water.
The current timeline proposes compiling existing information and commencing
water quality sampling, which continues into 2003, with report completion in
Proposed Revision of the Salinity Control Forum's NPDES Policy (PDF Format - 420kb)
Bill DiRienzo, Department of Environmental Quality, stated that the Colorado
River Basin Salinity Control Forum was formed in 1974 to set basin wide salinity
standards and to develop a plan of implementation of said standards. The
standards were recommended by the Forum, adopted individually by the basin
states, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, and are reviewed and
revised as appropriate every three years.
He reviewed the numeric standards set in 1974 as well as implementation
policies for both nonpoint and point source salinity control. The current NPDES
policy goal is "no salt return whenever practicable" and Bill assessed the various
approaches and waivers for industrial and municipal discharges. Proposed
policy changes involve various waivers, including fresh water discharge
benchmark values and locations, multiple discharges, salt banking, and once-
through cooling water. He indicated public comment is currently being accepted
on the proposed policy revisions, and revised policy may be adopted in
September 2002 by the Forum.
State Engineer's Office Report
Jade Henderson, Division IV Superintendent, indicated water rights are being
regulated from 1864-1898 in the various sub-basins. He also discussed water
thefts, and how they are prosecuted.
Chace Tavellli, State Engineer's Office, discussed the agency's change in public
water right search policy and related training available during the summer and
Lower Colorado River Basin Activities (PDF Format - 522kb)
John Shields, Interstate Streams Engineer, addressed several issues, which
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:53 p.m.
- Seven Party Agreement. The State of California needs to sign the
Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) by December 30, 2002 for the
Imperial Irrigation District and Coachella Valley Water District to continue
receiving interim surplus water. On June 14, 2002, the Water and Power
Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee held a field oversight
hearing in LaQuinta, California. Testimony was presented by the various
water interests, which will be affected by the QSA. There are still some
critical issues, which remain to be resolved, including Salton Sea. Interim
surplus and shortage criteria have been implemented.
- 2003 Annual Operating Plan for the Colorado River Reservoir System.
The development of said plan is waiting for California to complete all
NEPA and ESA requirements. The Colorado River Management Work
Group will meet August 5.
- 1970 Criteria for Coordinated Long-Range Operation of Colorado River
Reservoirs. John summarized the process and timeframe of the update,
which is done every five years.
- Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. Legislation to
extend the appropriation and implementation authorization period for
Recovery Program capital construction projects to 2008 for program
participants is being submitted to U.S. Congressional committees.
- Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum. The proposed Water Quality
Standards for Salinity in the Colorado River System, 2002 Review have
been reviewed and approved at a Control Forum meeting held June 4. An
upcoming public meeting will be held August 13 at Western Wyoming
Community College at 7:00 p.m.
- Colorado River Delta. Minute No. 306 to the Mexican Water Treaty
provides that the International Boundary and Water Commission will study
the effect of flows on existing riparian and estuarine ecology. The next
meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on the Colorado River Delta
will be August 2 in Las Vegas.