Sheridan County School District #1, which serves students primarily in schools in Big Horn and the Tongue River Valley, has had to turn more out of district students away due to their own student numbers being on the rise. This coincides with the increase in population in Sheridan County over the past several years.
The call could potentially disrupt water storage reservoirs in the Big Horn Mountains designed for irrigation and municipal water use for the City of Sheridan. However, the current call may be lifted after recent snows, rain, and increased temperatures increase river flows and fill the reservoir. More precipitation is also forecast for the area in the near future.