Public comments sought on Buffalo Bill Reservoir improvements

Buffalo Bill Reservoir
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  • Public feedback is needed on the draft plan for potential reservoir improvements.
  • Improvements include enhanced recreation and other management changes.
  • The Reservoir is a key part of Wyoming’s Shoshone Project, providing irrigation and recreation.
  • Plan developed by the Bureau of Reclamation and Wyoming State Parks.
  • Comments open through June 10, 2024.

April 30, 2024 — Buffalo Bill Reservoir, a man-made lake on the Shoshone River in Wyoming, is vital to the state’s Shoshone Project. The reservoir provides irrigation for the region and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities. Now, the Bureau of Reclamation and Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails are asking for public inputOpens in a new tab. on a plan outlining possible recreation improvements at the reservoir.

The integrated Resource Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (RMP/EA) addresses management changes at the reservoir. The reservoir is a historic landmark owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, with recreation management by Wyoming State Parks.

The draft RMP/EA was released on April 26, 2024. It details public concerns, needs, and goals for the reservoir alongside specific management objectives and proposed actions. Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act is a necessary step due to federal ownership. Comments will help decision-makers determine next steps.

The RMP/EA is available onlineOpens in a new tab. or in person at various locations. Comments will be accepted through June 10 and can be submitted online, via email, or regular mail. Additionally, public open houses are scheduled for May 28 and 29, 2024.



Buffalo Bill Reservoir at sunsetOpens in a new tab. via the Bureau of Reclamation news release.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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