- Bighorn and Greybull River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project
- The Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD), to ensure that local landowners are informed of federally mandated activities, have been monitoring the progress of the development of this TMDL. A TMDL study is required by the Clean Water Act when a waterbody is determined to not be meeting its assigned designated uses. A TMDL is defined as the amount of pollutant a stream can accept and still meet its designated uses. A designated use is what the water is used for such as fish, recreation, wildlife water, domestic livestock water, etc. To determine a TMDL they gather information on what point sources enter into the stream (these are permitted sources such as waste water treatment plants), what non-point sources enter the stream (these are overland flow types of sources) and they allow a margin of safety (errors in modeling).Learn More
- Bighorn Basin County Commissioners and Conservation Districts Final Comments on the BLM's Draft Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan
Executive Summary and Comment Document
Appendices to Comment Document
- Rangeland Health Assessment Program
- For More Information About the Rangeland Health Assessment Program
- Over the past few years, there has been an increased interest from the environmental community to reduce livestock grazing on public lands. this has made it increasingly important for livestock producers to establish baseline data and to collect credible monitoring data on grazing lands to defend decisions intended to deep grazing on the land.Learn More
- Wildlife Escape Ramps
- Stock Water Wildlife Escape Ramps are still available to producers in Washakie County. The ramps will help prevent birds and other wildlife from drowning in stock water tanks. The ramps are being provided free of charge to Washakie County producers for installation in their existing watering facilities on private, state or federal owned land. Installation costs (hardware and labor) are the producers contributions to the project.Learn More
- Nowood Watershed Study
- In 2006, local landowner interest in sustainable stream flows and storage led to a request for information on the Wyoming Water Development Commission's (WWDC) programs. A local meeting was held by WWDC to discuss the process of building storage within the basin. Following the meeting, the community organized and submitted a formal request seeking assistance. WWDC held additional landowner and local agency meetings to discuss the watershed study process and its objectives, and to listen to the communities' interests and concerns. Based on the positive response, the decision was made to proceed forward with the Nowood River Storage/Watershed Level I Study.
Cost Share Programs
- Rural Cost Share Program
- The Washakie County Conservation District's (WCCD) Rural Cost Share Program funding program was created to help fund projects that make a positive difference on the land. The focus of the program is to positively impact water quality, enhance or protect soils, and enhance habitat (either forage or animal). If you're interested in implementing natural resource improvement projects, the WCCD is currently accepting applications for cost share assistance from Washakie County residents.
Rural Cost Share Program Application Form.
Community and Resource Enhancement Cost Share Program
- This new cost share program is designed to provide incentive for esidents and businesses within the WCCD boundaries, to implement natural resource conservation practices that address soil erosion, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation. This program is also for those landowners who can't typically qualify for federal farm bill programs. See
Program Guidelines for some examples to types of projects that may qualify. If interested in applying,
Community and Resource Enhancement Application Form.
- Smart Irrigation Controller Cost Share Program
- The Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD) is mindful of our water resources and encourages our citizens to become water wise. By reshaping irrigating habits and learning how to better conserve this precious resource, you can aid in reducing water consumption within Washakie County.
Smart Irrigation Controller Cost Share Form.
- Soil Moisture Cost Share Program
- In continuation of our soil moisture sensor project, the Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD) has set aside $10,000 to cost share with Washakie County producers for the purchase of soil moisture and micro-climate sensors for use in their fields.
Soil Moisture Sensor Technology.
- Septic System Cost Share Program
- The Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD) has cost-share dollars to help fund individual septic systems that may require renovations to minimize the probability of surface water contamination. The WCCD is offering $2500.00 as an incentive to qualified residents of Washakie County for non-functioning or inadequate septic systems, on a voluntary basis.
Septic System Cost Share Program Application.