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Wind/Bighorn River Basin Water Plan
2003 Final Report


As authorized by the Wyoming Water Development Commission in its contract scope of work, this planning document presents current and proposed future uses of water in Wyoming's Wind/Bighorn 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.

Final Report - Table of Contents

The plan may be viewed in either HTML or 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. Please note the size of the file when deciding which to view or print.


3,640 kb 4,237 kb Final Report (Entire Document)

90 kb 674 kb Table of Contents
Chapter I - Institutional Contraints
999 kb 838 kb Chapter II - Water Use
2,199 kb 1389 kb Chapter III - Surface and Groundwater Availability
404 kb 958 kb Chapter IV - Future Water Use Projections
120 kb 578 kb Chapter V   - Future Water Use Opportunities
Chapter VI  - Potential for Power Production
Appendix A - Long List of Future Opportunities
Appendix B - Bibliography

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