(The Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River south of Main Street is pictured after rainfall increased the flow earlier this month. Joshua Scheer photo)
(Lander, Wyo.) – City of Lander Public Works Director Mickey Simmons said the city only tapped into Worthen Meadows Reservoir for a little more than a month to supplement the water supply coming from the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River.
“The stream flows were real low,” Simmons told the council on Tuesday. On Aug. 9, opened gate at Worthen, bringing in 6.5 cubic feet per second for the city to treat and use. Simmons said they had done so at the request of the state to supplement the river’s flow while irrigators were also still drawing from the river.
After the rains in September, however, the city was able to shut off flow from Worthen on the 18th.
Simmons updated the council on other ongoing projects as well.
A grant is in place for improved electricity distribution at Centennial Park. He said this would improve events like Light Up Lander and July Fourth.
He recapped the ongoing discussions for waste water improvements. (Read more about that project here.) Simmons also said plans for the replacement a couple large water transmission lines are at 90 percent review with the funding agencies. He said work is still being done with landowners for easements for the lines.
The Gannett Peak Subdivision on the southwest edge of town is continuing to be built, he said. The rain slowed the development some, but he said the developers should be able to complete the water, sewer and storm drain systems this year.