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Wind River Journey

Riverton Valley Irrigation District Diversion takes the last drop

Irrigated agriculture accounts for over 95% of all water use in Wyoming, often leaving insufficient water to keep rivers and streams alive. Dewatering is one of the largest problems facing the Wind River watershed, where streams (including the Wind River itself) are routinely left completely dry.

A near-waterless Wind River above Riverton, WY

Dewatering of streams causes increased temperatures, algal and bacterial growth, and harms fisheries. In extreme cases such as this, fisheries are completely devastated, and lasting harm is done to the entire river and riparian ecosystem.