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Green River Basin Advisory Group
Green River, WY
November 19, 2002
Facilitator Sherri Gregory-Schreiner welcomed the group and the meeting was
called to order at 10:06 a.m. 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 for March 25 in Rock Springs.
Water Development Commission Report
Barry Lawrence updated the BAG on the status of the plans for the other basins.
The BAGs for the Wind/Bighorn and the Snake/Salt Basins will be meeting
December 17 in Powell and December 18 in Jackson; whereas the BAGS for the
Powder/Tongue and Northeast Wyoming Basins will be meeting November 20 in
Sheridan and November 21 in Moorcroft. The Bear River BAG met November 18
in Kemmerer. Barry discussed the status of all basin studies, including the Platte
River Basin, and schedule for future meetings.
Jodie Pavlica presented status reports on the Viva Naughton enlargement and
Green River ASR projects.
Green River Whitewater Park
Roger Moellendorf, City of Green River, showed an 8 minute video of the new
kayaking facilities at the Green River Whitewater Park. He discussed the
structures in the water, the project background, the design and construction work
of the park, and future plans. A brief discussion followed, including comments
regarding Bureau of Reclamation releases for whitewater events.
Drought in Wyoming
Jan Curtis, Wyoming State Climatologist discussed the current drought. He
summarized current projections, the drought triggers, and cloud seeding activities
Lower Colorado River Basin Activities
John Shields, Interstate Streams Engineer, addressed several issues, which
- 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 September 16, California state law
amended the fully protected species statutes to authorize the incidental
take of endangered species with regard to the Salton Sea and the QSA.
On October 15, the various entities that share Californiaís Colorado River
entitlement reached agreement on revisions to the December 1998 QSA.
On November 5, California voters approved Proposition 50, which
provides up to $200M of state funding for projects associated with
implementing the California Colorado River Water Use Plan and
- Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. It was
reported that 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. John summarized the proposed changes to the recovery
process with regard to the 4 endangered fish: Humpback Chub, Colorado
Pikeminnow, Razorback Sucker, and Bonytail.
- Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum. At meetings held October
29-30, the Control Forum approved the 2002 Review of Water Quality
Standards. Also, the Forumís Policy Committee approved proposed
revisions to NPDES Permit Program in addressing coalbed methane in the
Colorado River Basin and the Committee is addressing a reduction in
selenium loading in the basin.
- Colorado River Delta. A symposium was held in mid-October in Tijuana,
which focused on technical and scientific issues at which the basin states
were invited as observers.
Implementation of Green River Plan/Joint Powers Board
Randy Bolgiano, Green River Basin Advisory Group, led a discussion on the
formation of a five county joint powers board for water development activities in
the upper part of the basin. There is a meeting scheduled in December at which
the Sublette County Commissioners are expected to sign a joint powers water
board document. Sublette County will be encouraging the remaining counties to
also sign the document, but it is anticipated that Carbon County will be
withdrawing. A lengthy discussion followed this presentation.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:02 p.m.