End the Threat

Keep the Bear River Free

The Oneida Narrows of the Bear River in Idaho, critical habitat for Bonneville cutthroat trout (BCT) and used by thousands of recreationists annually, needs one more crucial action to protect this unique and irreplaceable section of the Bear from a destructive dam proposal.

Starting in the late 1990s the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has advocated for protections on the Bear River. With our conservation partners including the Bear Lake Watch, Bear River Watershed Council, Great Salt Lake Keeper, Idaho Rivers United, Oneida Narrow Organization, American Whitewater, Franklin County Fish and Game and Trout Unlimited we have been able to convince the State of Idaho to deny a water right for a hydroelectric facility. Concurrently, the Bureau of Land Management enacted policies that helped protect this as a white water recreation area. Yet, the Twin Lakes Canal Company continues to pursue their efforts to build a dam, flood the last free flowing section of the Bear and destroy critical BCT habitat and the recreational amenities thousands enjoy. Recently, the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) agreed with us and our partners and recommended denial of a hydroelectric facility because it would inflict a host of environmental damages and was not in the public’s interest.

The fight isn’t over. Although the FERC staff recommended denial, the FERC Commission has the final say and they need to hear from you by November 30, 2015.

Please, take a minute and write to FERC today. Add your voice to the list of Idahoans and people nationwide who cherish fishing, hunting, kayaking/rafting, camping or simply standing in awe at the striking setting, by writing FERC and telling them how important free flowing rivers like the Bear are today for and future generations.

Comments should reference Project No. 12486-008 and sent here.

By the Numbers

17,000 acre-feet of Bear River water impounded would provide only

5,000 acre-feet for irrigation for agricultural producers

690 feet wide, 108 feet high dam would block the Bear River and migrating trout

73 percent of folks living within 40 miles of the project said it’s important to maintain a free-flowing river below the existing Oneida Dam.

8 miles of free flowing river to be preserved

1 river stretch like this left in southeast in Idaho

0 state and federal agencies supporting the proposal