Wyoming State Water Plan, Wyoming Water Development Office
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BAG Meeting No. 8
Meeting Notes
January 28, 2010 6:00 PM
White Mountain Library
Rock Springs, WY

The meeting generally followed the format of the agenda distributed by the WWDO:

1. Introductions

Chace Tavelli introduced the team and presented several logistical details about the meeting. He encouraged people to visit the state.s water planning website (waterplan.satte.wy.us) for current postings of many of the planning process deliverables. He encouraged people to contribute comments online, via the comment card method, or by direct contact to state staff and consultants.

2. Colorado River Decision Support System

Chace described the goals and scope of work for the recently initiated Green River Basin Decision Support System Feasibility Study (DSS). The project is intended to identify data needs and a central location to store the data, identify tools that will use the data to help solve problems and enable effective planning, and produce cost estimates and timelines to address the aforementioned. The goal is to provide a document that the decision makers can use to decide what is necessary, when it is necessary, and how much things will cost. It is unlikely that the State could afford to build an entire DSS in one project. It will most likely be built in pieces.

3. Green River Basin Plan II - Consultant Presentation

Murray Schroeder, WWC Engineering, presented information on the Draft Final Report on the Green River Basin Plan II (or 2010 version).

His presentation, via power point, was organized in a chapter by chapter way to illustrate what the reader of the document will find when the report is made available for comment. Murray noted that the draft document should be ready for public comment by about the first week of March 2010. Most of the information that will be found in the report can be reviewed now in the form of the various Technical Memorandums that were prepared as part of the project.

Some of the more noteworthy point that Murray made in the course of the presentation included:

At the conclusion of the presentation, Murray asked the audience for comments and questions. The following concepts were presented by audience participants as worthy of possible inclusion in the planning document:

4. Colorado River Basin Issues Update

John Shields presented a verbal update on various issues in the Colorado Basin, ranging from salinity control to endangered species recovery program.