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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

County urges Reclamation to decrease river flow

Sediment bar removal scheduled for late this month


September 7, 2017

Karla Pomeroy

Bids to remove the sandbar (a portion of which can be seen here) north of the U.S. 20 bridge will be open next Tuesday. The Washakie County commissioners have requested a reduction in Big Horn River flows while work is being done to remove the approximately 18,700 cubic yards of sediment.

WORLAND - In advance of a county project to remove a sediment bar from the Big Horn River, in an effort to reduce future flooding, the Washakie county Commission contacted the Wyoming Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) on Tuesday, to request that canal volume be lowered during the time of the project, to ensure safety and ease of work for the contractor removing the material.

The estimated 1.3 acres of sand and sediment in question has been the catalyst for ice jams and flooding along the river as it runs through Worland, growing steadily over the last three years. An initial survey of the mass es...

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