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Wyoming: Park County hosting irrigation water information series

Five evening programs exploring irrigation water issues are this March in Powell and Cody.

The series is intended to answer questions about irrigation before the start of the irrigation season in April, said Sandra Frost, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) educator in Park County.

“Water 101 – Irrigation in Wyoming” features Wyoming water law, Bureau of Reclamation management of water, what irrigation districts are and how gravity-fed irrigation systems work. A producer panel will answer questions one evening. The last program focuses on pasture water needs, soil-water relations and a water master’s responsibilities.

The sessions are presented by UW CES, Park County Conservation Districts and the Park County Weed and Pest Control District.

Programs in Powell and Cody start at 7 p.m. Powell programs will be in the UW CES meeting room at the Park County Fairgrounds. Cody programs will be in the EOC room in the basement of the Park County Courthouse.

The sessions are:

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1. State water law discussion by Landis Weber, commissioner in the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office. John Lawson, area manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, will discuss management of regional waters and Buffalo Bill Reservoir in particular (Powell, Wednesday, March 2; Cody, Monday, March 14).

2. How gravity-fed systems work, by Bryant Startin, manager of Shoshone Irrigation District, and Dan Hausel, manager of Heart Mountain Irrigation District (Powell, Monday, March 7; Cody, Wednesday, March 16).

3. Bryant Startin will discuss “What are irrigation districts?” (Powell, Wednesday, March 9; Cody, Monday, March 21).

4. Farmer/rancher panel answering questions from the public (Powell, Thursday, March 10; Cody, Wednesday, March 23).

5. UW irrigation specialist Axel Garcia will discuss how much water pasture grasses need and the relationship between soil texture and water. Participants will learn water master responsibilities (Powell, Monday, March 14; Cody, Monday, March 28).

Contact Frost for more information at 307-754-8836 or at sfrost1@uwyo.edu.

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