You’ve heard of the State Board of Equalization and the State Land and Investment Board, but what about the State Board of Control? That five-member board is part of the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office and they are responsible for regulating Wyoming water issues. The Board of Control meets every quarter, and this week they’re in Sheridan.
Water rights can be very complicated and many of the records are well over 100 years old. Allen Cunningham works for the Board and says it’s a long process to amend water rights.
Changes to recorded water rights could be anything from altered diversion points to a complete surrender of the rights.
The Board consists of a member of each of the four water divisions in the state and the State Engineer chairs the body. The August board meeting is always held in a community other than Cheyenne and will continue at the Sheridan Holiday Inn through Friday. All the meetings are open to the public.