Water Strategy: River Restoration & Fish Passage
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead developed a water strategy in 2015 to “protect, plan for, and utilize water for the highest benefits of all its citizens.” Ten initiatives were described under the themes of Management, Development, Conservation, and Protection. “River Restoration” and “Collaborative Fish Passage Restoration” are initiatives under the water and watershed protection theme.
Initiative 9, river restoration, recognizes that communities see significant long-term economic returns as a direct result of restoration work. This initiative involves developing strategies, financial tools, and technical expertise to further stream restoration efforts throughout Wyoming.
Initiative 10, collaborative fish passage, recognizes opportunities to benefit both water users and fisheries when replacing infrastructure. This initiative involves developing strategies, financial tools, and technical expertise to further fish passage throughout Wyoming while still meeting water user’s needs.
An ad hoc team of state agency representatives has been collaborating to develop outcomes under these initiatives. Agencies represented include: Wyoming Water Development Office, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Stream restoration hotspots
There are many places in Wyoming where stream restoration is occurring and more is needed
Fish passage focus areas