Introduction In 1989 the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) allocated funds toward the generation of this Wyoming Water Atlas and contracted with the University of Wyoming to develop the document. The atlas was compiled by Lawrence M. Ostresh, Jr., Richard A. Marston, and Walter M. Hudson of the Department of Geography.
It was the goal of the WWDC to generate an atlas that would serve the public as a resource document, provide water data and statistics, and discuss some of the water problems Wyoming is facing and must address in the future. This publication does not predict the future. The only predictable characteristic of water resources in Wyoming is that there will be change. However, the Wyoming Water Atlas provides a meaningful "snapshot" of the status of water resources in Wyoming during the state's centennial year.
Wyoming is fortunate to have the opportunity to manage its water resources in a manner that will insure good quality water for future generations in quantities sufficient to promote economic growth and stability. But, with opportunity comes challenge. We must work to insure its quality, to improve our water infrastructure, and to be environmentally responsible.
The Wyoming Water Development Commission would like to thank Professor Ostresh, Professor Marston, Mr. Hudson, and the other participating authors for their efforts. We hope you find the Wyoming Water Atlas a worthy and useful addition to your library.
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