Rafting on Snake River Lake Marie, Snowy Mountains Wyoming Wind River Range picture




State of Wyoming
Water Planning
Questionnaire


Questions 1-44
(Processes)

Number of respondents = 1399


1. Wyoming should develop an ongoing, comprehensive water planning process.
61.4% Strongly Agree 2.1% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
34.0% Agree 1.0% Disagree 0.9% Don't Know
2. All existing water uses in each river basin should be quantified in a state water plan.
38.0% Strongly Agree 6.9% Neutral 0.9% Strongly Disagree
48.7% Agree 2.5% Disagree 2.9% Don't Know
3. The importance of water to Wyoming's manufacturing industries should be evaluated in a state water plan.
29.0% Strongly Agree 9.2% Neutral 0.5% Strongly Disagree
59.0% Agree 1.1% Disagree 1.2% Don't Know
4. A state water plan should assess the obstacles, impacts and benefits of marketing Wyoming's surplus water to downstream states.
37.2% Strongly Agree 7.6% Neutral 4.4% Strongly Disagree
42.6% Agree 6.4% Disagree 1.7% Don't Know
5. Economic development should be a primary function of a state water plan.
14.4% Strongly Agree 20.9% Neutral 7.4% StronglyDisagree
33.5% Agree 22.3% Disagree 1.6% Don't Know
6. Information generated by the state water planning process should be readily available to the general public.
48.1% Strongly Agree 4.7% Neutral 0.1% Strongly Disagree
45.0% Agree 1.1% Disagree 1.0% Don't Know
7. Educating Wyoming citizens on water issues should be a goal of a state water planning process.
34.2% Strongly Agree 12.1% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
49.0% Agree 3.3% Disagree 0.8% Don't Know
8. A state water plan should be available for input and review by the general public.
37.6% Strongly Agree 9.9% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
48.3% Agree 2.6% Disagree 0.9% Don't Know
9. Wyoming state government should take lead responsibility for water plan development.
39.9% Strongly Agree 8.1% Neutral 1.1% Strongly Disagree
45.7% Agree 3.6% Disagree 1.5% Don't Know
10. The importance of water to Wyoming's wildlife and fisheries should be evaluated in a state water plan.
41.3% Strongly Agree 5.9% Neutral 0.7% Strongly Disagree
48.2% Agree 2.6% Disagree 1.2% Don't Know
11. A water plan should provide information relevant to both local and statewide economic development activities.
27.1% Strongly Agree 8.6% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
60.0% Agree 2.4% Disagree 1.4% Don't Know
12. The potential for groundwater pollution should be assessed in a state water plan.
37.0% Strongly Agree 6.9% Neutral 1.1% Strongly Disagree
49.7% Agree 3.9% Disagree 1.3% Don't Know
13. Safe drinking water should be a priority of a water plan for Wyoming.
49.7% Strongly Agree 7.4% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
37.9% Agree 3.4% Disagree 0.9% Don't Know
14. The importance of water to the management of Wyoming's open spaces should be evaluated in a state water plan.
26.7% Strongly Agree 16.9% Neutral 1.4% Strongly Disagree
48.8% Agree 4.3% Disagree 1.9% Don't Know
15. A state water plan should investigate the status of groundwater aquifers.
34.8% Strongly Agree 7.6% Neutral 0.7% Strongly Disagree
53.5% Agree 2.1% Disagree 1.2% Don't Know
16. Water conservation efforts should be assessed in a statewide water plan.
30.1% Strongly Agree 10.5% Neutral 0.8% Strongly Disagree
53.0% Agree 4.7% Disagree 0.9% Don't Know
17. Consideration of the public interest should be included in a state water plan.
28.7% Strongly Agree 13.4% Neutral 1.0% Strongly Disagree
51.8% Agree 3.3% Disagree 1.7% Don't Know
18. Wyoming should develop and maintain up-to-date compilations and estimations of water uses by category.
20.9% Strongly Agree 15.4% Neutral 0.2% Strongly Disagree
58.0% Agree 2.9% Disagree 2.4% Don't Know
19. Options for the strategic storage of water should be included in a state water plan.
33.5% Strongly Agree 9.0% Neutral 0.7% Strongly Disagree
52.9% Agree 2.7% Disagree 1.1% Don't Know
20. Wyoming should create broad-based advisory committees to participate in the state water planning process.
24.0% Strongly Agree 20.2% Neutral 1.6% Strongly Disagree
45.3% Agree 7.2% Disagree 1.6% Don't Know
21. The importance of water to Wyoming's energy and mineral industries should be evaluated in a state water plan.
25.2% Strongly Agree 7.5% Neutral 0.4% Strongly Disagree
63.0% Agree 2.2% Disagree 1.6% Don't Know
22. A state water plan should include individual plans for Wyoming's major river basins, such as the North Platte River.
35.9% Strongly Agree 8.5% Neutral 0.3% Strongly Disagree
51.6% Agree 1.6% Disagree 2.1% Don't Know
23. The state government should provide only data and leave water plan implementation to local entities unless state-wide interest are affected.
10.4% Strongly Agree 14.7% Neutral 16.2% Strongly Disagree
20.6% Agree 35.8% Disagree 2.3% Don't Know
24. A water planning process should explore ways of financing water development projects.
16.8% Strongly Agree 16.7% Neutral 2.9% Strongly Disagree
48.9% Agree 13.2% Disagree 1.4% Don't Know
25. Protection of the environment should be a primary function of a Wyoming water plan.
26.6% Strongly Agree 18.4% Neutral 3.9% Strongly Disagree
35.0% Agree 14.2% Disagree 2.0% Don't Know
26. A state water plan should include the claims to Wyoming water presented by reserved rights of federal lands.
20.5% Strongly Agree 12.4% Neutral 4.9% Strongly Disagree
46.7% Agree 7.4% Disagree 8.1% Don't Know
27. Citizen participation in decisions regarding water use and development should be encouraged.
26.5% Strongly Agree 12.0% Neutral 0.6% Strongly Disagree
55.3% Agree 4.2% Disagree 1.3% Don't Know
28. A state water plan should include the reserved rights of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
18.2% Strongly Agree 17.1% Neutral 2.3% Strongly Disagree
51.3% Agree 5.3% Disagree 5.9% Don't Know
29. Use, needs, and claims to Wyoming water presented by downstream states should be addressed in a state water plan.
25.9% Strongly Agree 8.9% Neutral 1.9% Strongly Disagree
56.0% Agree 5.5% Disagree 1.7% Don't Know
30. A Wyoming water plan should inventory and report local water rates and charges.
9.0% Strongly Agree 32.9% Neutral 3.0% Strongly Disagree
32.2% Agree 19.7% Disagree 3.2% Don't Know
31. The economic importance of water to tourism should be evaluated in a state water plan.
19.3% Strongly Agree 18.8% Neutral 1.6% Strongly Disagree
50.0% Agree 8.7% Disagree 1.6% Don't Know
32. Information in a state water plan should be made available to the public in a variety of formats, such as hard copy and electronic format.
18.9% Strongly Agree 20.5% Neutral 0.7% Strongly Disagree
54.3% Agree 3.7% Disagree 1.9% Don't Know
33. Assessment of water quality and its effects should be a high priority in a Wyoming water planning process.
32.2% Strongly Agree 11.3% Neutral 0.9% Strongly Disagree
48.7% Agree 5.6% Disagree 1.2% Don't Know
34. A state water plan should include individual plans for Wyoming's sub basins, such as Cottonwood Creek.
10.2% Strongly Agree 30.5% Neutral 0.9% Strongly Disagree
37.2% Agree 13.9% Disagree 7.4% Don't Know
35. My ability to earn a living is directly connected to the use of water in Wyoming.
36.1% Strongly Agree 17.0% Neutral 3.4% Strongly Disagree
28.0% Agree 14.4% Disagree 1.1% Don't Know
36. Water resources are essential to Wyoming's future economic growth.
54.4% Strongly Agree 3.5% Neutral 0.1% Strongly Disagree
40.4% Agree 0.8% Disagree 0.8% Don't Know
37. Wyoming's allocation of resources (staff and funding) for water planning should be proportionately equal to other states in the region.
15.0% Strongly Agree 28.7% Neutral 3.5% Strongly Disagree
28.2% Agree 13.7% Disagree 10.9% Don't Know
38. Wyoming's water planning process should be used to generate state-wide water policies.
20.2% Strongly Agree 13.7% Neutral 1.2% Strongly Disagree
55.7% Agree 6.3% Disagree 2.9% Don't Know
39. A state water planning process should allow for input and review by the general public.
28.9% Strongly Agree 10.7% Neutral 0.5% Strongly Disagree
55.5% Agree 3.1% Disagree 1.3% Don't Know
40. A Wyoming water plan should address the political and sociological implications of water use and allocation.
12.4% Strongly Agree 19.8% Neutral 3.6% Strongly Disagree
46.1% Agree 14.5% Disagree 3.6% Don't Know
41. Wyoming's unused water is adequately protected from downstream states by existing compacts and decrees.
4.3% Strongly Agree 7.5% Neutral 25.1% Strongly Disagree
6.9% Agree 33.3% Disagree 22.9% Don't Know
42. The importance of water to Wyoming's agriculture should be evaluated in a state water plan.
45.6% Strongly Agree 3.1% Neutral 0.4% Strongly Disagree
48.1% Agree 1.6% Disagree 1.3% Don't Know
43. Wyoming's water planning process should be developed primarily as a data base for decision makers.
9.7% Strongly Agree 22.1% Neutral 4.1% Strongly Disagree
35.0% Agree 24.9% Disagree 4.1% Don't Know
44. In some cases, the state should require local entities to implement water plan elements, such as wellhead protection, watershed protection, or pollution control.
19.8% Strongly Agree 14.2% Neutral 3.1% Strongly Disagree
48.6% Agree 10.7% Disagree 3.6% Don't Know

Questionnaire Index | Summary | Process Questions (1-44) | Issue Questions (45-81) | Demographics Questions (82-94)