Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir

The Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir may become the focus by lawmakers when considering meeting legal water flow minimum volume obligations. Rock Springs Rocket-Miner photo

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Lawmakers tabled a troubled water banking bill as the state eyes new ways to meet its legal obligation to let a minimum volume of water flow out of Wyoming and into the Colorado River Basin system.

Citing new information, Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, tabled his banking bill earlier this month. Agriculture and water law experts had criticized the measure, questioning whether it was necessary and would accomplish its stated aims. Wyoming will instead explore other options to meet its flow obligations in the face of a 19-year Colorado River Basin drought — obligations that could mandate water-use restrictions.

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