Legislature
5:23 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Senate bill would protect Laramie aquifer

    The Wyoming Senate has voted to introduce a bill that would establish a mechanism for Laramie to acquire a parcel of land above the Casper aquifer.  The state could spend up to $15 million.

Laramie Senator Chris Rothfuss notes that the land purchase has generated some controversy, but he says the process would begin with the Director of the State Land and Investment Board negotiating to acquire the land.

“If that land is acquired public meetings would be held to discuss what to do with the land.  And then following those public meetings the results would be reported to the Joint Ag Committee within 3 months of the acquisition to determine what they would recommend to this body for the fate of that land.”

Rothfuss says the land is needed to protect Laramie’s water supply long term.  The bill now goes to committee for further debate.