Bighorn River System Issues Group

Yellowtail Dam
(Above) Yellowtail Dam and
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Purpose Statement

The Bighorn River System Issues Group is formed to identify, explore, and recommend alternative courses of action to local, tribal, state, and federal entities responsible for managing the Bighorn River system resources for their consideration as part of a long-term management strategy. The challenge is to re-examine the uses and needs of the Bighorn River system to find an appropriate balance of public benefits, while recognizing the respective agencies’ commitments to authorized project purposes, legal obligations, contemporary needs and public expectations.

Problem Statement

Local, state, tribal, and federal entities are concerned that the Bighorn River system is not being managed in a way that fully protects and utilizes the system’s resources to address the multiple demands, needs, and expectations of the public.

Operating Criteria

Yellowtail Dam Reservoir Operations Spreadsheets

Working Group Meetings

Spring 2019

Spring 2018

November 2017

April 2017

November 2016

April 2016

November 2015

April 2015

November 2014

April 2014

November 2013

April 2013

October 2012

April 2012

October 2011

March 2011

Bighorn River System Issues Group Meeting Scheduled: On Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 9:00 am until approximately 3:00 pm, Reclamation will be hosting a meeting of the Bighorn River System Issues Group at the Community Center Building in Lovell, Wyoming. One of the main topics of discussion will be the Draft Modified Operating Criteria for Yellowtail Dam and Reservoir. Your participation is most welcome and greatly appreciated.

January 2011

September 28, 2010

April 8, 2010

September 29, 2009

April 2, 2009

January 15, 2009

October 9, 2008

July 29, 2008

May 21, 2008

March 13, 2008

January 17, 2008

October 18, 2007

August 23, 2007

June 8, 2007

April 12, 2007

March 8, 2007

Supplementary Information

Last Updated: 5/24/21