- Loss or riparian habitat
- Eroding banks contributing to huge
- Feedlots and dairies contributing
- Extreme dewatering for irrigation
Flows through 3 states and
empties into the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
The Bear River originates in Utah,
flows north into Wyoming, then into Idaho, and then back into Utah. The delta of the Bear
River is on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.
Tributaries contain native
In the past, there has been riparian
vegetation loss which has resulted in streambank erosion along the river and its
tributaries. This erosion contributes to the sediment load which is deposited in the Bear
River Migratory Bird Refuge impoundments.
The Partners Program is working with
the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Districts, Environmental
Protection Agency, Forest Service, Idaho Game and Fish, and Utah Division of Wildlife to
improve habitat along Bear River.
Another program we are hoping to
utilize more is the USDA Continuous Conservation Reserve Program. Native cutthroat trout
are found in the tributaries of Bear River, and these areas receive high priority for
restoration work with interested landowners.
Riparian Restoration Project