Torrington, Wy – Spring storms have increased flows on the
North Platte River enough to cover the state's obligations for last
year's irrigation around Torrington.
Deputy State Engineer Harry LaBonde says inflow from recent
storms has roughly filled up the state's water storage account at
LaBonde says increased storage will allow the state to release
enough water this summer to cover last year's pumping of some 300
private agricultural wells near Torrington.
He says Wyoming had owed a debt to the river system of about
64-hundred acre feet of water to cover last year's pumping. An acre
foot is about 325-thousand gallons, enough water to cover an acre
to a depth of one foot.