This watershed study is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluation of the watershed and its water resources, including the identification of water supply needs and development of a watershed management plan that identifies problem areas within the watershed.
The Sweetwater River watershed is located on the northern slope of the Bridger Mountains in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, covering approximately 2,900 square miles. In support of local efforts to identify potential conflicts and solutions to water related issues, Anderson Consulting Engineers, Inc. was contracted by the Wyoming Water Development Commission to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the watershed and its water resources. The purpose of the study was to identify water supply needs and to develop a watershed management plan that identifies problem areas within the watershed and to provide practical economic solutions.
The watershed study is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation of existing conditions. Specific tasks included in this effort are listed below.
- Facilitate consensus building among the Advisory Committee, the Conservation District, landowners and the Wyoming Water Development Commission.
- Facilitate public participation.
- Conduct an evaluation and description of the Sweetwater River watershed, including quantity and quality of surface water resources, and riparian/upland conditions.
- Conduct a geomorphic investigation of the primary channels within the watershed and identify potential mitigation measures to improve impaired channel reaches.
- Conduct an irrigation system inventory and develop a rehabilitation plan for those ditches expressing an interest to participate.
- Conduct an evaluation of water storage needs and opportunities to augment water available for livestock and wildlife.
- Develop a watershed management plan which identifies problem areas within the watershed and proposes practical economic solutions.
- Identify permits easements and clearances necessary for plan implementation.
- Develop cost estimates for improvements.
- Complete an economic Analysis and evaluate alternative sources of funding.
All of the information collected during this study is being incorporated into a comprehensive GIS developed using ArcGIS software. In addition to traditional coverage generated using the spatial data, ACE has developed innovative customized tools to facilitate data queries, data review and editing, and map generation. In addition, our Digital Library enables the user to incorporate information from virtually any other electronic media into a comprehensive ‘clearinghouse’ of information.