Counties Sign Extension Agreement For Lake DeSmet

Lake DeSmet
Lake DeSmet

Tuesday, the commissions of both Johnson and Sheridan Counties signed an amendment to extend the transfer of ownership agreement of Lake DeSmet to Johnson County.

This is the fourth such amendment drafted between the entities since the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission initially agreed to lease water rights in the lake for roughly $3 million to be paid to Johnson County, which will in turn buy out Sheridan County's interest in the lake.

The G&F was originally expected to finalize and accept the agreement last summer, but has put the decision off over the last few months. The latest holdup appears to be over an assessment of the value of the water in the agreement, but the assessment is now completed, according to Paul Mavrakis with Game and Fish.
Mavrakis, attending the Johnson County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, said although he cannot speak for the game and fish, hit appears likely they will formally approve the lease agreement at their next meetings March 27 and 28 in Lander.

The extension amendment was given a kill date of June 30 so if the G&F doesn't accept the agreement in March, they would still be able to do so at their April meetings.

Both counties signed the extension agreement.

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