U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Casper Field Office|
Cooperative Success Stories
Over the years, the Casper Field Office has implemented a multiple-use reservoirs program. By spending just a little more money reservoirs could be constructed that could be used as recreational fisheries, protected wetland habitat areas, and at the same time provide water for livestock and wildlife. In order for this to work, BLM had to seek partners. To date, there are about half a dozen of these reservoirs on the public lands administered by the Casper BLM.
Not all reservoirs constructed by the Casper office are suitable for multiple use, and certain criteria has to be met. First and most importantly, the reservoir has to be accessible to the public. Second, the geology and run-off potential must be favorable to the construction of a large deep reservoir. Last but not least, our constituents and partners must show an interest and be willing to cooperate in the project.
Since water from the Madison Aquifer is being piped to various locations in the oil field, the group agreed that the reservoir would be filled and maintained with Madison water. It would not have to depend on natural and unreliable run-off.
Representatives from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Howell Petroleum, BLM, the Wyoming Fly Casters, and Frank Shepperson (grazing lessee) have cooperated to make this project a success. BLM provided the reservoir site and has shared in the cost of purchasing pipeline materials and may construct an exclosure around the reservoir. Howell Petroleum has agreed to pipe the Madison water to the reservoir and construct the pipeline. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will stock the reservoir with trout and will cost share with BLM in buying pipeline materials. Frank Shepperson has agreed to relinquish part of his opportunity to water livestock on the reservoir provided water is available in the form of a water gap or off-site. Lastly, the Wyoming Fly Casters have accepted maintenance responsibilities on the exclosure once it is constructed.
Hopefully, this little success story demonstrates, how great things happen on the public lands when people and agencies pull together to accomplish good things.
A decision was made to allow water to flow about .2 mile down a drainage to the reservoir to ensure that the water has cooled sufficiently before reaching the reservoir. "No Problem!" The 180-degree water cooled a great deal while traveling 1 mile through the surface line and is actually quite cool by the time it flows down the drainage to the reservoir. Currently, the water is flowing into the reservoir at a rate of 15 gallons a minute. At this rate, the reservoir should fill completely by this coming fall or winter. As of March 6, 2003, the water level had already risen to within 7 feet of the overflow-drop-structure.
Our short-term plans are to: