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Green River Basin Advisory Group
Meeting Record
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, WY
July 8, 2003

Facilitator Sherri Gregory welcomed the group and the meeting was called to order at 12:48 p.m. after a presentation/tour of the refuge by Carol Damburg and a Seedskadee Development Farm (1451kb PDF) presentation by Don Brosz. John Hill, Green River BAG member, supplied supplemental information about the project, including the Seekskadee Development Farm Progress Report. All attendees introduced themselves, followed by a review of the overall meeting agenda. A sign-in sheet was passed around to record attendance. The next meeting is scheduled for November 4 in Pinedale.

Water Development Commission Report
Barry Lawrence updated the BAG on the status of the plans for the other basins. The Snake/Salt BAG will be meeting July 9 in Jackson, whereas the BAGS for the Wind/Bighorn, Powder/Tongue and Northeast Wyoming Basins will be meeting July 15 in Thermopolis, July 16 in Kaycee, and July 17 in Lusk. Open houses for the Platte River Basin were held June 2 – 4 in Saratoga, Douglas and Pine Bluffs. Barry discussed the status of all basin studies, and agendas for future meetings.

Barry introduced new planning team members Debra Cook, Water Resources Data System, University of Wyoming and Jodee Pring, State Engineer’s Office.

Green River Export Study
Mike Besson, Water Development Commission, indicated there are shortages in the Green River on its tributaries, not the main stem, as it is on the Platte River. Due to new demands in the Platte River Basin, a potential pipeline project to either the North Platte or Sweetwater River is being explored at a reconnaissance level by an in-house study. A lengthy discussion followed.

Phil Ogle and Jodie Pavlica, WWDC, detailed the three alternatives being analyzed in the Green River Export Study. The various alternatives and related reaches include:

It was indicated that the various alternatives would be evaluated for feasibility, followed with a report describing the findings of the analysis and project feasibility.

AML Statewide Coal Reclamation Project (2914kb PDF)
Harold Hutson, BRS Engineering, indicated the Abandoned Mine Lands Program was formed in 1977, with funding provided to the individual states by a coal severance tax. The purpose of the program was for the protection of the general public and to mitigate the adverse affects of past mining practices. The #1 priority of the program is hazard abatement, including mine fires, subsidence, portals, and vertical shafts. The #2 priority is environmental degradation, including slack and erosion. Harold discussed the 2 priorities with regard to the Kemmerer Area Coal Project, which has 22 primary mine sites, predominantly mined by the Kemmerer Coal Company and Union Pacific Coal Company. The sites are located along Willow Creek, Muddy Creek, and the Hams Fork River. He indicated the time frames for completion of the hazard mitigation is 2004/2005 and 2006 for completion of environmental reclamation.

State Engineer’s Office Update (809kb PDF)
Pat Tyrrell and John Shields provided an update on Colorado River programs and issues. These included:

The meeting was adjourned.