Congresswoman Cheney statement on Fontenelle Dam Expansion Passage
For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C.- Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed legislation to approve expansion of the water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County, Wyoming.
“After years of requests and endless D.C. red tape, I am happy to see this bill heading to the Senate. Wyoming’s water storage and water development projects hedge against potential drought. I am proud to work with Senator Barrasso and Senator Enzi on this legislation."
"Increasing water storage at Fontenelle Reservoir reaffirms our commitment to our most precious natural resource. The project exemplifies the common-sense knowledge of protecting water uses in an arid region. Additional water available in the existing reservoir will mean more opportunity for potential growth in jobs and the economy in Lincoln County and southwest Wyoming.”
This legislation directs the State of Wyoming and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to come to an agreement to allow Wyoming to complete the construction of additional acre-feet in the reservoir. The state of Wyoming made numerous requests in 2011 and 2014 to the BOR to move forward on the expansion but had not been able to move forward because the BOR never completed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance process. The reservoir is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Rock Springs on the Green River which a tributary to the Colorado River.
Congressman Liz Cheney introduced the legislation into the U.S. House of Representatives on January 24, 2017. The bill is supported by the Wyoming Water Development Office, the Wyoming Water Development Commission, and was included in Governor Mead’s 2015 Wyoming State Water Plan.
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