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
     ~ Loss of Riparian
        Vegetation and Aquatic
        Habitat
     ~ Animal Feeding
        Operations

Projects

Funding

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

Water Quality implementation projects have been occurring in the Middle Bear River
watershed since the early 1990s with great success. With the cooperation of local watershed
groups, landowners, and various governmental agencies, several water quality
projects have been implemented ranging from stream bank restoration to sprinkler
irrigation systems. Several educational campaigns have also been initiated to help raise
public awareness of water quality issues throughout the valley. These education campaigns
include youth educational field days, storm water education, and pharmaceutical
disposal programs.

The Middle Bear River watershed has a large number of dairy producers. Recently,
efforts have helped many producers comply with state water quality standards. Various
agencies have helped dairy producers implement best management practices to
help contain water rich in nutrients and organic matter on their property. Many producers
have also developed nutrient management plans. These plans identify when
and where to apply manure. Containment practices and nutrient management plans
help prevent excess nutrients from entering local water bodies.

For more information check out the fact sheet Improving Utah's Water Quality: Middle Bear River Watershed

List of current TMDLs in Idaho

Feedlot Abandonment and Restoration

      Before

After

Streambank Restoration

      Before After
Photos courtesy of Jim Bowcutt
Lower Bear River & Tributaries TMDL