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The Pilot Hill Project

The objective for the Pilot Hill Project is to preserve 5,500 acres of undeveloped open space east of Laramie in order to protect the Casper aquifer drinking water resource, enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, and promote economic development by providing a world-class natural amenity to attract and retain businesses and their employees.

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92% of survey respondents
approve of the Pilot Hill land purchase

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submit your vote on the Albany County's website:

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Have questions or suggestions about the purchase?

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We're compiling questions to answer on a future FAQs page, address at a future public meeting, and more.

Why support the project?

The project will bring many benefits, including:

  1. Protection of a portion of the recharge zone to the Casper Aquifer, a primary drinking water source for a majority of Albany County residents
  2. Protection of the incredible views from Laramie east toward the Laramie Range
  3. Creation of new public access directly from Laramie to ~5,500 acres of foothills and the Medicine Bow National Forest
  4. Expansion of public recreation opportunities, which will enhance quality of life for Albany County residents
  5. Increase in tourism and economic development associated with improved access to open space and recreation
  6. Preservation of an area that offers crucial winter wildlife habitat

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An aquifer is a unit of rock that contains water in its pores or fractures. The Casper formation or aquifer, east of Laramie is about 700' thick and provides about 60% of Laramie's drinking water, and 100% of many county residents' drinking water. Over many tens of square miles the Casper aquifer is particularly vulnerable to contamination because it does not have "confining layers" of soils or other rock units on top of it. Much of the Pilot Hill Land Purchase contains exposed Casper Aquifer. This project, if successful, will protect the area from development, which brings potential contamination from roads and septic systems ...

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One week to go until the public meeting about the land purchase east of Laramie! Second session will start around 7 pm, following this one. We hope to see you there! 🍃 ...

Public Information Meeting Session 1

March 22, 2018, 5:00pm - March 22, 2018, 8:00pm

The first of two sessions scheduled on March 22. The sessions will be facilitated by the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, which works with stakeholders to develop shared solutions. The goal of the session is to review the project status, answer questions, and seek public input.

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