Natural Resources

What is the Natural Resources Department?

The City of Laramie is fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of diverse, beautiful landscapes. These landscapes provide essential natural resources like clean drinking water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems that provide the conditions communities like Laramie need to thrive and grow. 

One of the city’s core values is to be stewards of the land by carefully managing resources for future generations. The City of Laramie has a focus on sustainable growth, securing and protecting water resources like the Casper Aquifer and the Laramie River watershed system, and municipal emissions reduction.

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Department Responsibilities

            The Natural Resource department oversees actions relating to the management of resources vital to the City of Laramie, including water quantity, quality and access, land use, emissions and carbon reduction, and local ecosystem conservation. The department is also responsible for assisting with the creation of various management recommendations and performing investigations and project management.

Specific Activities:

  • Surface and groundwater quality
  • Privately owned well assessments and nonmunicipal water permitting
  • Staff liaison to the Environmental Advisory Committee and Ranch Advisory Committee
  • Management of city owned agricultural properties
  • Management of the Casper Aquifer Protection Area
  • Emissions reduction efforts
  • Wyoming Toad Protection
  • Site Specific Investigations 

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Jay Smith
Natural Resources Program Administrator
Phone: (307) 721-5213