Bear River Watershed Upper Bear Central Bear Bear Lake Middle Bear Middle Bear-Logan Lower Bear-Malad

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 Local Water Quality Issues:

     ~ Phosphorus
     ~ Sediment
     ~ Bank Erosion
     ~ Low Dissolved Oxygen
     ~ Loss of Riparian
         Vegetation and Aquatic
     ~ Animal Feeding
     ~ Impacts from Drain Tiles



EPA 319 funding
Utah State Nonpoint source funds
NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive
Program (EQIP)
NRCS Wildlife Habitat Improvement
Program (WHIP)
Local Landowners

In recent years, water quality improvements along the Lower Bear River have focused
primarily on the proper utilization of manure produced in animal operations. Manure
is often applied to agricultural land to add nutrients and improve the quality of the
soil without the added expense of synthetic fertilizers. Manure must be applied at the
appropriate agronomic rate and under appropriate conditions. This is done to avoid
excess nutrients inadvertently running off into nearby water bodies, which can cause
over-fertilization of the water and result in algal blooms, fish kills, and other water
quality problems.

Typically, waste storage facilities are constructed to store manure in a way that protects
nearby water bodies and groundwater until it can be properly applied to the soil.
Waste storage facilities can be constructed by excavating a pit or by building berms.
Many storage facilities are lined to prevent leaching into the groundwater. Waste storage
facilities are an integral part of a producer’s nutrient management plan and are
essential in protecting agricultural land and water resources.


No Waste Storage Facility                        New Waste Storage Facility

Photos courtesy of Jim Bowcutt

List of TMDLs in Idaho (current as of August 2012)

Lower Bear River & Tributaries TMDL