The Buffalo City Council and the Johnson County Commissioners have agreed to jointly hire engineers to study water modeling at Lake DeSmet and prepare both entities for any possible development at the lake in the future.
The Lake DeSmet Counties Coalition (LDCC) is currently compiling water modeling data, taking into consideration the various current and possible future interests in using water from the lake.
Some of the interests include the Wyoming Game and Fish to protect the recreational and fishing opportunities, agricultural, and possible municipal and industrial interests there as well.
Mayor Randy Dyess presented the agreement to the council at their last meeting, asking for the council's support in hiring WWC Engineering of Sheridan to conduct the modeling study.
Dyess said the city nor the county will run their own modeling study, but will review the data compiled by the LDCC. The city and county's stance is there should be equal consideration to both recreational and industrial uses for the lake.
The agreement gave a maximum amount to spend on the consultants at $10,000 to be split evenly between the city and the county.