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Wyoming State Water Plan - Basin Advisory Group: Reference Notebook, Planning Coordination

Water Resources Planning Coordination in Wyoming

(Compiled by the Wyoming Water Development Commission - Updated July 2003)

Program Title

State Agency(s) and Organizations

Water Resources Planning Role and Scope of Effect

How do the Programs Differ?

Contact Person

State of Wyoming Water Planning Program
  • Water Development Commission
  • State Engineer's Office
  • Water Resources Data System (UW)
  • A contemporary process for updating comprehensive statewide water planning.
  • Descriptive basin plans and an accessible water resources database for the 7 major river basins.
  • Basin Advisory Groups (BAGs) involve regional public and provide a forum for issue identification, information exchange and priority setting.
  • Planning done on basin wide basis and statewide.
  • Plans are primarily descriptive and may not include specific action items.
  • Basin Advisory Groups are basin wide and involve local citizens appointed by the basin public.
Jon Wade, River Basin Planning Manager
Water Development
Watershed Planning and Assessment
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Individual Conservation Districts
  • Watershed Organizations
  • Focused on preparing watershed management plans to restore impaired streams in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Local entities are encouraged to initiate watershed planning for stream segments that are impaired. Development and implementation of a watershed plan will allow the stream segment to receive a low priority for development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) while the watershed plan is implemented and results monitored.
  • Competitive non point source, planning and assessment grants available through DEQ
  • Planning done on a sub-basin unit that includes an impaired or threatened waterbody.
  • Must implement voluntary restoration plans to reduce nonpoint loads and mandatory limits for point source discharges.
  • DEQ workgroups involve stakeholders representing affected resource interests within the watershed.
Chuck Harnish,
Department of Environmental Quality
Planning for Healthy Watersheds
  • Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts
  • Individual Conservation Districts
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Conservation Districts are undertaking broad based planning which includes but is not limited to water resources management. This effort is designed to help districts manage the diverse natural resources in local communities better.
  • Probable users of Basin Planning Database. Conservation Districts are represented on Basin Advisory Groups and are well qualified to address problems identified in that forum.
  • Planning done in conservation district units to address general waterhed condition issues.
  • No obligation to implement restoration plans to reduce pollution levels. Plans may be descriptive or prescriptive in nature.
  • Intended to involve a wide range of local landowners and citizens from the conservation district.
Bobbie Frank,
Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts
State Water Conservation Planning
  • Water Development Commission
  • Assists water users such as irrigation districts, municipalities, and individuals assess voluntary water conservation measures.
  • Focused in local regions where conservation is a potential solution to water shortages.
  • Supports statewide planning by focusing on issues specific to water conservation. Conservation coordinator (see contact) serves on agency technical resource team to BAG.
  • Research on the institutional and project implementation needs of water conservation and management statewide.
  • Program is descriptive and prescriptive in nature.
  • Voluntary forum designed to inform water users about benefits, opportunities and impediments of water management and conservation options.
Ron Vore,
Water Development Commission





Wyoming Game and Fish Department

  • Wild game and fish habitat management, hunting and fishing regulation.

Tom Collins, 307-777-4509

State Parks and Historic Sites

  • State parks and hitoric sites management.

Phil Noble, 307-777-6303

Wyoming State Geological Survey

  • Geologic, energy, minerals and groundwater research and data collection.

Lance Cook, 307-766-2286

Office of State Lands and Investments

  • State owned land and water resources management.

Lynn Boomgaarden, 307-777-6629





US Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • The NRCS works with the local conservation districts to provide technical assistance to non federal land users to plan and apply conservation systems and practices to the land on a voluntary basis. This assistance may be provided on an individual or group basis. Group assistance is normally on a watershed. Also the NRCS administers several federal financial assistance programs to assist non federal land users to apply conservation systems/practices to the land.

Ed Burton (NRCS)

US Forest Service (USFS)

  • Resource management planning. Land management and project level plans for National Forest water resources. "Inland West Water Reconnaissance" by watershed in Wyoming and adjacent state forest lands.

Jane Darnell (USFS)

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • The BLM, as a major land management agency in Wyoming, addresses the management of water quality, water related values, and other resources on Public Lands during the preparation and implementation of land use and activity plans.

Rick Schuler (BLM)

US Geological Survey (USGS)

  • The USGS has the principal responsibility within the federal government to collect and analyze water data and information and are primary data providers for water planning. The USGS also provides cooperative technical and financial assistance to agencies and universities.

Myron Brooks (USGS)

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

  • Water conservation on federal (BOR) sponsored irrigation projects

John Lawson  307-261-5671

US Army Corps of Engineers (COE)

  • The Corps of Engineers Wyoming Regulatory Office in Cheyenne regulates the discharge of dredge and fill material into Wyoming waters in accordance with section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1977.

Matt Bilodeau (COE)

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