Faced with rising demand from states downstream, Wyoming officials are assessing which water storage projects the state can develop the fastest to capture more water for use within its borders.
Gov. Matt Mead early this year released a state water strategy that calls for developing better information about state water resources while undertaking construction of new reservoirs.
Wyoming holds the headwaters of several rivers that flow into other states, including the Green River, a major tributary to the Colorado River. A massive drought is hitting the American Southwest, causing water shortages in California and other states that rely heavily on the Colorado River.
Some of the biggest water storage projects under consideration by the Wyoming Water Development Commission would increase water storage on tributaries of the Green River.