Wyoming water specialist Chris Brown warned that Wyoming has a direct interest into the growing Colorado River crisis that could affect millions of people. Wyoming’s rivers account for 15% of the Colorado River’s water.
California’s refusal to sign a key agreement means seven states, including Wyoming, have missed a self-appointed deadline to decide how to manage an ongoing crisis with the Colorado River.
Bills affecting the Wyoming outdoors in the 2023 legislative session include cracking down on drone usage so not to give hunters an unfair advantage and to address privacy concerns as well as legislation to protect Wyoming water along tributaries to the Colorado River.
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A Wyoming state senator and a Colorado water expert say Wyoming is getting stiffed on the Colorado River Compact. They say the 100-year-old compact has very little benefit to Wyoming.
Wyoming and other states along the Colorado River drainage are in a state of “triage” trying to assess just how bad the situation is. “Everyone recognizes that the patient is bleeding out on the table,” one water law professor said.
Although the prolonged drought along the Colorado River may seem to be the troubles of other states, it has a big impact on Wyoming. Roughly 90% of the Colorado River’s water comes from snowpack in Wyoming and the other upper basin states.