The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, at their meetings in Cheyenne last week, approved the lease of water rights in Lake DeSmet to help protect the fishery in the lake, after months of negotiations and re-negotiations by themselves and Johnson County.
Johnson County Commissioner John Gibbs, along with commissioners Delbert Eitel and Jim Hicks, made the trip to Cheyenne last week to present the latest agreement to the G&F.
Gibbs said after a few changes, the agreement was accepted by the Game & Fish.
The Federal Agency will look the lease over and has authority to request changes to the agreement, but Gibbs said he would be surprised if they do. The agency will then decide whether or not to fund the nearly $3 million lease by the Game and Fish.
Gibbs said everything looked positive, as far as the approval of the lease was concerned.
Gibbs said the county will now concentrate on getting personnel in place to perform the day-to-day operations at the lake and make sure those that depend on that resource for irrigation will be taken care of this spring.