The information provided by the WWDC states that in addition to water resource planning opportunities, the acquisition ensures continued public access at Healy Reservoir. Scott Williams, Broker for Swan Land Company who represented the seller in the transaction, said the closing of the transaction completed a process that took approximately two years. During their most recent session earlier this year, the Wyoming Legislature approved a bill sponsored by the WWDC that appropriated funds to make the acquisition possible.
Wyoming Finalizes Water and Land Acquisition in Northeast Wyoming
The State of Wyoming, acting through the Wyoming Water Development Commission, has acquired a strategic resource in northeast Wyoming.
According to a news release from the WWDC, the acquisition consists of 445 deeded acres, 62,199 acre-feet of water rights in Lake DeSmet, and the two hundred acre Healy Reservoir.
The water assets purchased by the State will be managed by the Wyoming Water Development Office, which will work with Johnson County on the management of Lake DeSmet. Governor Matt Mead said that water and access are key resources, and this acquisition is a significant one. He said he’s pleased to see it come to fruition.