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Water Level

    The Water Level as of

    March 1, 2014 was 4610.71 ft. elevation

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Interesting Facts

  • The Maximum Depth of Lake DeSmet is 120 feet.
  • The Intake Tunnel is 8.5 feet in diameter and is 8,316 feet long.
  • The Earliest Priority for Storage of Water in Lake DeSmet dates back to 1906.
  • The Reservoir Capacity is 234,987 acre feet.

News

LAKE DESMET ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTMENTS

On May 21, 2013 the Johnson County Commissioners approved the following appointees to the Lake DeSmet Advisory Board:

Recreation – Joe Kalus

Water User – James Fennema

WY Game & Fish – Paul Mavrakis

Environmental – Bert Jellison

Sheridan County – Bob Rolston

Land Owner – Dave Belus

Commercial – Michael Whitaker

The Board’s meeting schedule will be posted at a later date.

 

DISSOLUTION AGREEMENT

Johnson County added to their Agenda today (November 7, 2012) the Dissolution Agreement.  It was approved and forwarded to Sheridan County for their consideration.  Sheridan County has scheduled a Special Meeting regarding the Dissolution Agreement (attached) for tomorrow, November 8, 2012 at 8:30 am.

Dissolution Agreement – Signed by JC

 

SCHEDULE FOR FINALIZATION OF THE WY G&F LEASE

FINAL GAME & FISH LEASE 8-16-12

August 21, 2012 Sheridan County Commission – Voted Unanimously In Favor of final WY Game & Fish lease (Agendas available at www.sheridancounty.com)

August 22, 2012 Johnson County Commission – Voted Unanimously Opposed to final WY Game & Fish lease (Agendas available at www.johnsoncountywyoming.org)

August 23, 2012 LDCC JPB  – 5 to 1 Vote; Motion Carried in favor of final WY Game & Fish lease

September 13-14, 2012 WY Game & Fish Commission – Deadline by the WY Game & Fish to reach an Agreement was extended to November 14-15, 2012

November 14-15, 2012 WY Game & Fish Commission – Deadline to reach an Agreement with Lake DeSmet Water Rights.

 

CLEAN COAL PILOT PROJECT

The Legislature of the State of Wyoming has appropriated $10,000,000 to the University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources, for a research program dedicated to coal conversion technologies.  The Clean Coal Technology Research Program provides an excellent opportunity to stimulate research and development of low-emissions and advanced coal technologies.  In the spirit of cooperation and attentiveness to these efforts and interests, LDCC announced via Public Notice and letters of support  that a portion of  water from Lake DeSmet Reservoir controlled by LDCC JPB is offered for a period not to exceed two years, as may be necessary to support this research effort, and which does not conflict with our existing users and needs.  Agreements for additional, on-going use, and/or extension of use of these waters will also be considered by the LDCC.  These waters may be used by one or more successful proposals.

The deadline for submittal of RFP’s for the UW research program was July 13, 2012.  The University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources received numerous RFP submittals.  Successful proposals will receive notification by mid-September 2012.

PRESS RELEASE Final

 

LAKE DeSMET CONSERVATION DISTRICT

On June 5, 2012 the Lake DeSmet Conservation District (www.ldcd.org)  hosted a Public Awareness Meeting on current discussions and future plans for Lake DeSmet.  Melissa Butcher with PB Relations & Consulting facilitated the meeting.  Panelists were: LDCC JPB, Wyoming Water Development Commission, Wyoming State Board of Control, Wyoming Game & Fish, Johnson County Commission and Sheridan County Commission.  If you were unable to attend or have additional questions/comments please click on the link below and fill out the Public Comment Form.  Public Comments Forms are being compiled by the Lake DeSmet Conservation District, 621 W Fetterman, Buffalo, WY 82834.

The Final Meeting Notes and Fact Sheet are available by clicking on the links below:
LDCC_public forum_meet notes_discussion record_final
LDCC_public forum_fact sheet_wgf lease_final

THE RESULTS FROM THE PUBLIC SURVEY ON THE FUTURE USE AT LAKE DESMET CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
LDCC_SurveySummary_07102012

Presentation by Administrator LaMeres during the June 5, 2012 Public Awareness Meeting:
Lake DeSmet Reservoir – LDCD-G&F June 5 Presentation on Website

 

WATER USERS

Operations at Lake DeSmet will be conducted and managed by Edith Johnson-LaMeres and Amber Irby on behalf of the Lake DeSmet Counties Coalition Joint Powers Board (LDCC JPB).  We will continue to work to provide timely water releases and accurate records.

If there is a change in ownership, please contact the LDCC office.  No water orders will be filled for individuals requesting water without prior authorization of the water contract user.

Water Order Procedure 2013

 

PINEY STREAM FLOW AT KEARNEY

There is a  gauge in the Piney Stream near the Kearney site, where the stream flow is monitored.  That information is available by clicking on the website listed here: 

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wy/nwis/uv?site_no=06323000

 

EVENTS

LDCC JPB is willing to post any Public Events happening at Lake DeSmet via this website.  If you know of an event, and wish it to be posted please contact the LDCC Office.