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Platte River Basin Water Plan
Final Report


As authorized by the Wyoming Water Development Commission in its contract scope of work, this planning document presents current and proposed (estimated) future uses of water in Wyoming's Platte River Basin. Uses to be inventoried include agricultural, municipal, industrial, environmental, and recreation. Both surface and ground water uses, as well as overall water quality are described. Given current uses, the availability of surface and ground water to meet future requirements is estimated. To lay the groundwork for future water development, a review of the current institutional and legal framework facing such projects is presented. Finally, thoughts are given to guide implementation of the water planning process.

The intent of this summary report is to describe the planning study in sufficient detail for the reader to gain a general understanding of the investigations that were performed and the results of those investigations. For detailed information on a specific topic the reader is directed to the technical memorandum prepared for that topic. References used in preparing the technical memoranda are not repeated in this summary report. These references are presented in the individiual technical memoranda.

Final Report - Table of Contents

The 2006 Platte River Basin Water Plan Final Report is listed in the table below. The plan may be viewed as a PDF. The PDF version requires Adobe Acrobat® Reader. If you do not already have this program on your computer, please visit Adobe's Website to download a free copy. In addition, the Final Report contains download options for both high resolution and low resolution PDF. The high resolution documents provide high quality images and photos and are recommended for printing purposes, while the low resolution documents have a smaller file size and are recommended for viewing only. Please note the size of the file when deciding which to view or print.

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--- 57,075 kb Final Report (Entire Document)

743 kb 1373 kb Cover / Glossary / Acronyms and Abbreviations
--- 886 kb Chapter I - Introduction
--- 48,560 kb Chapter II - Basin Water Use Profile
--- 6,051 kb Chapter III - Available Surface Water and Groundwater Determination
--- 1,229 kb Chapter IV - Water Demand Projections
--- 1,317 kb Chapter V - Potential Limitations to Future Water Use

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