(a) The commission may expend remaining funds appropriated for the Level III study
for this project in Chapter 52, 1984 Wyoming Session Laws, Section 5(a)(iii) to perform
(i) Prepare environmental impact statements or assessments, as required;
(ii) Perform final designs;
(iii) Prepare plans and specifications;
(iv) Obtain options, land exchange or purchase agreements for the necessary project
lands and easements;
(v) Procure the 404 Permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the 401
Permit from the Wyoming department of environmental quality, and the permit to construct
from the Wyoming state engineer's office;
(vi) Perform other incidental work required to prepare the project for construction.
(b) The commission may negotiate project sponsorship and water sales contracts with
communities which demonstrate a need for water and desire to participate in the project. These contracts shall be subject to the approval of the governor.
(c) The commission may either purchase necessary project lands and easements and construct
and operate the project in a manner consistent with this act or develop a project
agreement with a sponsor in a manner consistent with the terms and conditions outlined
in the agreements established under subsection (b) of this section and Section 4 of
this act [§ 99-1-104].
(d) Upon review by the select water committee and approval of the governor, the commission
may use not to exceed one million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000.00) of
the project appropriation to pursue alternatives to the project which provide equivalent
municipal water supply benefits, assist the Casper Alcova Irrigation District in the
resolution of selenium issues, assist the federal contractors of North Platte storage
in the resolution of safety of dam issues, and seek long term solutions to endangered
species issues in the Platte River basin including the state's participation in the
“Cooperative Agreement for the Platte River Research and Other Efforts Relating to
Endangered Species Habitats Along the Central Platte River, Nebraska”.
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