WPR News
7:46 am
Tue September 2, 2008

Water levels strongest in years

Laramie, Wyo. – This was the best year for reservoirs in Wyoming since 2002.

The Bureau of Reclamation says water levels exceeded expectations at some reservoirs by more than 15 percent, mostly thanks to a big snow pack in the mountains.

The Bureau's John Lawson says even with the high water levels this year, irrigators should continue to conserve.

"We can go from good to bad so quick, that without conservation and taking these measures that they've been taking now for quite a number of years, it can turn around and go to a bad situation just as quick as it did this year when it turned around and went to a good situation."

Lawson says irrigators have done a good job reducing the amount of water they use.

For example, many used to irrigate through the end of September, but now stop at the beginning of the month.