Although no official word has been heard from the Wyoming Game and Fish on whether or not they will accept the terms of the agreement and sign the 99-year lease of water in Lake DeSmet, the Johnson County Commissioners are moving forward in case that is what happens.
At their Tuesday meeting, the commissioners approved the members of the first Lake DeSmet Advisory Board.
They are: John Kalus, representing recreation interests; Jim Fennema, representing downstream water users; Paul Mavrakis, representing the Wyoming Game and Fish; Burt Jellison, representing environmental interests; Dave Belus, representing land owners' interests; Michael Whitaker, representing commercial interests; and Bob Ralston, representing Sheridan County's interests.
The commissioners had requested letters of interest from the various interests and chose from those that applied.
The next step in the process is for the Lake DeSmet Operational Board to set up the first meeting of the Advisory board, compile informational packets for each advisory board member and assist in the election of officers at their first meeting.
No date has yet been set for that first meeting of the advisory board.