City-owned properties in and out of town serve important functions for municipal water rights, and also contain habitat for fish and wildlife that reside in the Laramie Valley. The City of Laramie is currently working to promote ecosystem health and species conservation while maintaining access to important water rights.
The Wyoming Toad is a species unique to the Laramie valley- the entire global species population exists within 30 miles of Laramie. Once thought to be extinct, the toads’ rediscovery has led to conservation efforts throughout Albany County. The recovery program has included maintaining a captive population, reintroduction of toads into the wild, and fostering partnerships with local landowners and wildlife conservation agencies.
The current Dowlin Diversion dam is considered a complete barrier to fish passage through the watershed, meaning that fish cannot move upstream during most or all flows. Through the Dowlin Ditch Fish Passage Project, The City of Laramie is working with agencies such as the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) to assist with fish passage while maintaining the city’s primary objective of providing irrigation from the Dowlin Ditch.
Other Potential Project Partners:
Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Laramie Rivers Conservation District
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Goforth Reservoir Project
The Goforth Reservoir is situated on the Monolith Ranch, which is owned by the City of Laramie. The City has partnered with Ducks Unlimited to restore the reservoir in order to improve habitat and foraging conditions for migratory waterfowl. The restoration project was completed in 2020, with continued monitoring by Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Laramie Audubon Society.