Bear River Watershed
The Bear River Watershed is in northeastern Utah, southeastern Idaho, and southwestern Wyoming, comprising approximately 7,500 square miles. The Bear River crosses state boundaries five times on its journey to the Great Salt Lake. The Bear River is the largest stream in the western hemisphere that does not drain to the ocean.
Some of the major water uses in the Bear River Watershed are: agriculture, irrigation, power generation, recreation, and municipal/industrial uses. The Bear River delivers on average 1.2 million acre feet of water to the Great Salt Lake every year.
The quality of the water found in this watershed varies due to human activity and natural effects. Some common water quality pollutants are sediment, nutrients, fecal coliform bacteria, low dissolved oxygen, and high water temperature. For more information about the water quality, see Bear River Watershed Information System. Since the Bear River flows through three states and two Environmental Protection Agency jurisdictions, the Bear River Water Quality Task Force was formed to facilitate management of this watershed.