Diamond Rim Next Target In Town's Search For Water

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Town officials hope to find a diamond in the rough when they explore for water in the national forest east and northeast of Star Valley.

They hope the area known as Diamond Rim is the answer to the town's water problems.

"That area was one of our priorities," said Public Works Director Buzz Walker.

He said the Forest Service recently finished an internal analysis and, based on their standards, figured Diamond Rim to be the area of least impact from the development of wells and pipelines.

Walker said the town is in the process of developing information which is necessary to apply for well drilling with the Forest Service.

The studies involve archaeological and geological concerns and well setting -- picking the sites for the wells.

Walker said the people who are doing the studies work at the direction of the Forest Service and are paid by the town.

"We'd like to apply within 60 days and hope to finish the studies by then," Walker said.

The Forest Service would then compare the studies, looking at maps for nearby springs, riparian areas and development.

If the studies compare favorably with the information the Forest Service gathers, the town would be able to apply for drilling. Walker said it should take about 90 days from the date of application.

"If their information favorably matches ours, we can try to identify the usable groundwater resource," he said.

"If we're ever successful getting the Blue Ridge water and the Forest Service water, it could cost as much as $50 million -- but the water would have to be secure."

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