Application Goes Out for WWDC Grant

An application is en route to state officials for funds that would allow the city of Sheridan and Sheridan Area Water Supply to set up a fund as a hedge against future water needs.

City Utilities Division Manager Dan Roberts said the application for a Wyoming Water Development Commission grant was ready to go out Friday, two days after Sheridan's city council approved a resolution authorizing the action.

The city and water supply organization, also known as SAWS, are asking for just over $5.6 million in state funds. The two governing boards would add just under $2.8 million to that, for a total $8.4 million. The goal is to establish a fund that could be used to buy water shares in Park Reservoir when shares become available. The city and SAWS expect that the two water systems will need more than 6,800 acre-feet of additional water by 2063.

Sheridan City Councilman Alex Lee, who is also a member of the SAWS joint powers board, spoke of his feelings about the accomplishment.

The application must be received by the state by Oct. 1, next Wednesday, and goes before a meeting of the state water commission and Select Water Committee in November. Applications approved at that time will be presented to the Legislature next year for consideration in an omnibus water bill.

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