Clear Creek Watershed Study Completed

Clear Creek Watershed Study Completed

A meeting to release information to the public on the Clear Creek Watershed Study was held Tuesday night in Buffalo.

The Study was funded by the Wyoming Water Development Commission and sponsored by the Lake DeSmet Conservation District and the Sheridan County Conservation District.

Irrigators and landowners in the watershed requested the study be done, according to Jason Mead with the Wyoming Water Development Office in Cheyenne.

The purpose of the study was to develop an overview of watershed inventory, develop Geographic Information System (GIS) information, complete a streamflow analysis and identify potential projects for irrigation and water storage within the watershed.

Representatives from States West Water Resources and the Wyoming Water Development Office gave presentations on their data, then identified more than 41 irrigation and water storage options in the study area. Those 41 were scaled down to 14 worthy sites.

The information can now be used by municipalities and irrigation districts to go after additional studies for specific projects ranging from semi-private ditch and irrigation upgrades to major water storage projects similar to the Tie Hack Dam west of Buffalo.

Now that Phase 1 is complete, Mead explains the next step in the process.

The complete report on the Clear Creek Watershed Study can be obtained at the Lake DeSmet Conservation District or the Sheridan County Conservation District offices.

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