At a special meeting this week, representatives of the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) and States West Engineering gave a report to the Buffalo City Council on the proposed Bull Creek Dam and Reservoir.
States West and the WWDC have completed a Level One Study and are now moving into a Level Two Study on the feasibility of the site and project in general.
Jason Mead, with WWDC, explains the two levels of study and where the project now sits.
Both entities feel the Bull Creek site is the most permittable, most feasible site for a reservoir at this time.
The site itself is on Upper Bull Creek, roughly five miles south of Buffalo and two miles west of Interstate 25.
Water would be provided via diversion from Clear Creek above the City of Buffalo's water treatment plant. The proposed reservoir would be 11,300 acre/feet; with designated “accounts” of 4,600AF for irrigation; a minimum pool of 3,200AF for recreation and to protect the fishery; and 2,000AF designated for in-stream flows in Clear Creek through Buffalo to help maintain the fishery there during dry times; and finally 1,500AF designated for p[ossible future municipal use by Buffalo.
Funding for the estimated $65 million project would rely heavily on grants and other funds through the state.
Although no specific numbers have been identified, there will obviously be some positive economic impacts on Buffalo and Johnson County should the project be constucted, in increased agriculture and recreation at the very least.
Both the city council and county commissioners have lent their support of the project, which was estimated to begin construction in 2018.