Wyoming State Water Plan, Wyoming Water Development Office
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Snake/Salt River Basin Advisory Group Meeting
Meeting Record
Jackson, WY - Game and Fish Offices
November 9, 2005 - 6:00 p.m.


Facilitator Vicki Beckman, WY Water Development Office, welcomed the group and the meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. All attendees introduced themselves, followed by a review of the overall meeting agenda. A sign-in sheet was passed around to record attendance. A list of attendees can be found at the end of these minutes. The next meeting is scheduled for March 29, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in Afton.

Water Development Commission Report

Vicki Beckman, WY Water Development Office, went over with the group the schedule for the next six Basin Advisory Group (BAG) meetings. Monday night, the Bear River BAG was held in Evanston and yesterday we met with the Green River BAG in Kemmerer. In two weeks we will meet with the Wind/Bighorn BAG in Cody, the Powder/Tongue BAG in Dayton, the Northeast BAG in Sundance and the Platte River BAG in Torrington. Please visit the water planning website at http://waterplan.state.wy.us for agendas, meeting locations and meeting records.

State Framework Discussion

Jodie Pavlica, project manager for the Framework Water Plan, gave a powerpoint presentation highlighting where we have been with water planning and what we can look forward to in the Framework Water Plan. A copy of that presentation can be found here.

Ms. Pavlica spoke about how the Basin Advisory Group (BAG) process would be just a bit different during the course of the Framework Water Plan project than what the BAG is accustomed to. One of the things that will be different is that each of the seven basins will choose a BAG representative and an alternate to represent their basin. A handout entitled, “State Framework Water Plan BAG Representative Criteria” was handed out to the group. A copy of that handout can be found here. Ms. Pavlica went through the list of criteria and explained that one of the responsibilities of the representative will be to attend the 5%, 50% and 90% progress review meetings that will be held during the course of this project. The representative will be responsible for delivering information between their BAG and the Framework consultants.

The meeting attendees were then asked to choose two people, a representative and an alternate, to be their spokesperson. After much discussion, the group decided that they needed to contact other members of the BAG to find an appropriate person to represent them. (Note: after returning to Cheyenne, the WWDO, contacted some individuals and Garry Crook with the Star Valley Conservation District agreed to be the Snake/Salt BAG representative.)

Jodee Pring then facilitated a discussion with the group concerning their specific basin issues. A spreadsheet was handed out and also projected on the screen for ease of discussion. Information on the spreadsheet was taken from the list of issues that the BAG developed when their basin plan was being written. The purpose of the list is to give the consultants an idea of the concerns and challenges each of the basins are facing. The BAG was asked to review the list and make any changes, additions, deletions, etc. to it. Ms. Pring explained that the spreadsheet is dynamic and will be discussed at all meetings during the course of the Framework Water plan project. Therefore, BAG members can take the list, review it, and tailor it how they see fit.

Understanding that each of the issues on the spreadsheet are important, Ms. Pring then explained to the group that she would like them to discuss and develop a list of their top five most pressing issues. The representative and/or the alternate will then take this list and present it at the 5% Framework Water Plan project meeting to be held sometime in early March. The goal of developing a list of the top 5 most pressing issues is that it will help each of the basins understand the challenges of the other basins and facilitate a discussion among the group and the consultants on what issues Wyoming as a whole is facing.

After much discussion, the attendees developed their top five list. A copy of the entire spreadsheet can be found here: http://www.greenwoodmap.com/framework/msdocs/Snake-SaltBAGissues.html

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

List of Attendees

Name Organization City
Vicki Beckman WY Water Development Office Cheyenne, WY
Bill Collins Collins Planning Assoc. Jackson, WY
Rich Greenwood Greenwood Mapping Inc. Wilson, WY
Sue O’Ney Grand Teton National Park Moose, WY
Jodie Pavlica WY Water Development Office Cheyenne, WY
Jodee Pring State Engineer’s Office Cheyenne, WY
Tracy Stephens WY Game and Fish Dept. Jackson, WY
Beth Thomas Bridger-Teton National Forest Jackson, WY