Environews, Minis

Environews: Bear River in trouble

By Amy Brunvand

In December the Utah Board of Water Resources met in a closed-door meeting to approve $5 million for development of the Bear River. Diversion of Bear River water would be catastrophic to the declining Great Salt Lake ecosystem, drying up wetlands that support huge flocks of migratory birds. Scientists predict that an exposed lake bed would release toxic dust storms along the Wasatch Front.

Get involved: Utah Rivers Council; Friends of Great Salt Lake

This article was originally published on January 7, 2019.