The Casper Aquifer Protection Area is only 1.6% of the area of Albany County, yet it serves 86% of the county population. ACCWA believes that special land-use regulations in this special area are fully appropriate.
The Wyoming Constitution establishes state ownership of all waters in the state. ACCWA believes that as long as folks can exercise their property rights without compromising the public water supply, they are free and welcome to do so.
We recognize the great value of the present, generally high quality of the Casper Aquifer, and seek to maintain that quality through appropriate preventive management strategies. A community water-quality goal of “as good as practically possible” is far superior to one of “barely legal”.
ACCWA does not seek to reverse existing development on the aquifer. The ACCWA position is to guide future community development to the ample areas available outside the aquifer protection area through appropriate zoning and future infrastructure construction. Within the protection area, there should be an emphasis on best management practices for existing development. Future residential development should be constrained to low densities and commercial use should be carefully reviewed for potential impacts.
Since 2001 both the city and county have adopted Casper Aquifer Protection Plans (CAPPs), which guide some of the strongest aquifer protection policies in the state. Our community should be proud of those proactive efforts to safeguard our water supply. ACCWA opposes any reductions in aquifer protection.
ACCWA strongly supports a unified City/County approach to aquifer protection, recognizing that groundwater flow knows no boundaries, that this vital community resource requires community management, and that all citizens of Albany County deserve County and City attention.
ACCWA strongly supports science-based decisions and opposes the censorship of valid scientific data. (Censorship is presently included in county aquifer regulations.)
ACCWA promotes aquifer protection through 1) the implementation of minimum lot sizes, 2) limitations on the activities and development allowed over the aquifer and 3) opposition to general and specific zoning changes that encourage additional development on the aquifer. We support zoning regulations that protect the aquifer.