Bear River Basin Water Plan
7.0 Continued Planning Process
Wyoming's Water Planning Process is not intended to provide a directive for the
implementation of future water development, but rather to provide the basic information
needed to address water issues that arise in the future. One of the most important
products of the planning process is the collection, storage in a useable format, and
understanding of basic water resource and water use data in the Bear River Basin.
7.1 Use of the Bear River Basin Water Planning Products
This report and the supporting data used in the development of this report are intended to
be used as a reference for citizens of the State of Wyoming and agency personnel to
understand the current state of water use and development in the Bear River Basin. This
report and the planning products generated can provide assistance in establishing purpose
and need for future water development or changes of use. The supporting data and
models will be easily accessible for more detailed analysis of the feasibility of specific
The Bear River Basin planning effort has created an informed group of citizens interested
in water issues. The members of the basin advisory group have chosen to continue to
meet three times a year to discuss water issues. The Bear River Basin Water Plan Report
will provide the framework for discussions and planning efforts related to current water
use, projected water use, compact issues, and other regulatory issues in the Basin.
7.2 Future Water Planning
Previous Wyoming water planning documents provided useful snapshots in time, but
were often outdated within a few years. The advance of computer and Internet
technology will help assure that the Statewide Water Planning Process will remain
current and accessible to the citizens of Wyoming. The WWDC intends to update each
basin water plan on a regular schedule, approximately every five years.
As indicated in Section 6.2, there are currently no specific water-related projects
identified for implementation. Economic or legal changes may results in project needs
not presently anticipated. The planning process products will allow for cost-effective and
timely evaluation of those projects.