Drought, controversy may spur changes in Wind River irrigation management

Outlet: Wyo File

September 18, 2013

The two main irrigation systems on the Wind River Indian Reservation could hardly be more different. The Bureau of Indian Affairs manages one, a sprawling network of canals running south and east of the Washakie Reservoir and the Little Wind River. Local water users run the other, a smaller system in Crowheart (pop. 141) between Fort Washakie and Dubois. Much of the system that the BIA directly controls ran dry seven weeks ago.