Guide to the Friends of Bear River Collection
1989-1993

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Friends of Bear River
Title: Friends of Bear River Collection
Dates: 1989-1993 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 17 boxes (7 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 332
Summary: This collection contains the papers of Friends of Bear River and the reports and legal materials they used to present their case against a proposed dam on the Bear River.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

n 1989, Birch Creek Power Company owned by Idaho Falls, Idaho engineer Ted Sorenson and Preston, Idaho contractor Robert Fackrell, (S & F Company), proposed to build a dam at the mouth of the Oneida Narrows and subsequently submitted an application to operate a hydroelectric facility to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC). The Birch Creek Power Company stated that the benefits of the project would control flooding, generate electricity and store water for downstream use. The project would also offer at least three permanent, full-time positions and thousands of dollars would flow into the community during the 12 to 18 month construction time period. Birch Creek Power Company estimated that the proposed dam would be approximately 100 foot high and would create a reservoir covering 360 acres (117 of those acres were owned by the Bureau of Land Management while the rest were privately owned), and would approximately cost $112 million to construct. The Preston City Council offered support for the project because of the potential economic benefits it would offer the community. Area residents, however, were more concerned with how the proposed dam and reservoir would impact recreation and wildlife habitat, and in May of 1990, two hundred residents signed a petition opposing the project. In March of 1990, a group of individuals met at a Bureau of Land Management Scoping Hearing and decided to form a group in order to be able to present officially questions at the water rights hearings held by the Idaho Department of Water Resources. This group, the Friends of Bear River (FOBR), collectively represented groups such as The Region Five Wildlife Council, the Bridgerland Audubon Society, Idaho Rivers United, the Idaho Environmental Council, the Eastern Idaho Sierra Club, the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society, the Franklin County Fish and Game Club, and the Utah State University Canoe and Kayak Club. Two key figures in the Friends of Bear River when Currie Lockett who resided in Logan, Utah at the time and Vicki Smith, who resided on a farm near the proposed site.

On September 28, 1990, Keith Higginson director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources denied Birch Creek Power Company's water right application for the proposed dam due to the overwhelming public opposition, the quantity of water that would be reduced, and the fact that S & F Company lacked sufficient financial resources. In October 1990, S & F Company filed a request for a rehearing for their project but on November 21, 1990, the Idaho Department of Water Resources denied the petition for rehearing due to S & F Company's inability to provide new information and to prove that a new hearing would somehow benefit the public. S & F Company had the option of requesting the district court review Keith Higginson's decision but declined. However, their application to operate a hydroelectric facility was still pending with FERC and based on a 1990 U. S. Supreme Court ruling, the federal government, not the state, has final authority “to set stream flows at federally licensed dam”. FERC thus had the final decision as to whether or not Birch Power Company would be allowed to construct their proposed dam. FERC scheduled two Scoping Meetings, one in Preston, Idaho and the other in Pocatello, Idaho for September 30, 1992 in order to gather public opinion on the project as well as to assess the environmental impacts. On January 20, 1993, it was announced that S & F had withdrawn their application with FERC due to mounting costs. Despite the withdrawl of the application,opponents of the dam continued their efforts. Currie Lockett of Friends of Bear River requested that the state of Idaho study the Bear River in order to designate it as a wild and scenic river in order to protect the area from other future developers. This status, however, was not granted and in 2006 the Twin Lakes Canal Company filed a notice of intent to file a license application with FERC to build a new hydropower facility.

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Friends of Bear River and the reports and legal materials they used to present their case against a proposed dam on the Bear River. The collection includes Friends of Bear River correspondence as well as photocopies of correspondence between FERC and Birch Creek Power Company obtained by Friends of Bear River, various legal motions, newspaper articles, newsletters, opposition letters, and the Scoping Documents issued by FERC that outlined the environmental impacts of the proposed dam. In many instances, photocopies were made by Friends of Bear River in order to disperse their materials to multiple people. Items are arranged chronologically when dates are specified. Some portions of the collection have been maintained in their original order, such as letters of opposition Box 6 folders 1-20.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Friends of Bear River Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Friends of Bear River Collection USU_COLL MSS 332, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 332, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged chronologically when dates are specified.

Processing Note :  

Processed in October of 2007

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection consisted of four boxes that were donated to USU Special Collection by Dan Miller on April 4, 2006.

Bibliography :  Sources:
  • Herald Journal February 25, 1990
  • Herald Journal , May 23, 1990
  • Herald Journal , May 24, 1990
  • Herald Journal , September 30, 1990
  • Herald Journal , November 21, 1990
  • Herald Journal , April 25, 1991
  • Preston Citizen , January 20, 1993
  • http://www.idahorivers.org/protectrivers/bear_river.aspx?page=oneida_narrows

Detailed Description of the Collection

Organization materials, 1990-1996
(23 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Friends of Bear River background information Undated
1 2 Friends of Bear River attorney search 1990 August 1-20
1 3 Friends of Bear River sign-up sheet to help Undated
1 4 Questionnaire Undated
1 5 Notes to Friends of Bear River supporters Undated
1 6 Sign-up sheet for site visit 1992 September 29
1 7 List of organizations 1990 October 4
1 8 Active List and organization list Undated
1 9 Mailing addresses Undated
1 10 Mailing addresses continued Undated
1 11 Co-Interveners and Co-Signers addresses Undated
1 12 Addresses of recipients Section 6.0 Undated
1 13 Political Addresses Undated
1 14 Idaho Fish & Game Commissioners addresses Undated
1 15 Idaho Water Resources Board addresses Undated
1 16 Correspondence from State of Idaho Department of Water Resources 1990 July 24 to 1990 September 10
1 17 Correspondence from Congressman Richard Stallings 1990 October 29 and 1990 November 13
1 18 Incoming correspondence 1990 July 19 to 1993 May 24
1 19 Outgoing correspondence 1990 January 20 to 1990 September 27
1 20 Outgoing correspondence 1991 January 21 to 1996 July 10
1 21 Pending letters Undated
1 22 Pending letters (continued) Undated
1 23 Friends of Bear River miscellaneous notes Undated

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Birch Creek Power Company business papers and correspondence, 1989-1992
(14 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Construction Cost Estimate Undated
2 2 Average Cost Rates Undated
2 3 Sorensen Engineering license application list of deficiencies from FERC 1989 March 31
2 4 Schedule A from FERC to Sorensen Engineering requesting additional information 1989 December 7
2 5 Schedule A from FERC to Sorensen Engineering requesting additional information 1990 August 13
2 6 Sorensen Engineering Appendix A: Consultations 1990 August 20, 1990 to 1990 October 11
2 7 Photocopies of correspondence between Sorensen Engineering and FERC 1986 February 6 to 1989 December 14
2 8 Photocopies of correspondence between Sorensen Engineering and FERC 1990 March 6 to 1990 December 13
2 9 Photocopies of correspondence between Sorensen Engineering and FERC 1991 January 29 to 1991 May 22
2 10 Photocopies of letters from U.S. Department of Interior to Sorensen Engineering 1989 January 3 and 1991 January 15
2 11 Photocopy of letter from Sorenson Engineering to Idaho Department of Fish and Game regarding agreement to provide mitigation for exceptional benefits exemption 1990 September 18
2 12 Photocopies of correspondence between FERC and Fackrell Construction 1990 July 10 to 1992 October 27
2 13 Photocopy of letter from State of Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Water Resources to Sorensen Engineering 1991 March 12
2 14 Miscellaneous photocopies of Sorensen Engineering outgoing letters 1989 May 3 to 1990 December 13

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) information, 1985-1992
(8 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Photocopies of correspondence from U. S. Department of Interior to FERC 1985 December 23 to 1990 June 29
3 2 Memo to FERC from Geoffrey Hogander, wildlife biologist 1989 January 3
3 3 Letter from FERC to Governor Cecil Andrus 1990 January
3 4 Photocopies of correspondence from Pacific Water and Power, Inc to FERC 1989 September 30 to 1991 March 1
3 5 Miscellaneous photocopies of correspondence from various agencies to FERC 1985 October 29 to 1992 October 22
3 6 FERC Document Tracking List Undated
3 7 Active FERC projects in Idaho 1992 March 4
3 8 FERC outgoing correspondence 1992 August to October

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Other opposition groups , 1996
(17 folders)

arranged alphabetically

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 American Rivers Undated
4 2 Audubon Society Undated
4 3 Friends of Fall River correspondence Undated
4 4 Idaho Rivers United Undated
4 5 Idaho Rivers United (continued) Undated
4 6 Land and Water Fund Undated
4 7 Oneida 5 Dead or Alive poster Undated
4 8 People for Wise Water Planning Undated
4 9 River Network Undated
4 10 Save Our Streams Volunteer Water Monitoring Survey Undated
4 11 Sierra Club Undated
4 12 The Snake River Alliance Undated
4 13 Trout Unlimited Undated
4 14 Opposition flyers and brochures Undated
4 15 Signed petitions Undated
4 16 Friends of Bear River Response to Pacificorp First Stage Consultation for Oneida Hydroelectric Project Relicensing Undated
4 17 Opposition group comments on First Stage Consultation Documents for the Soda, Grace/Cove, and Oneida hydroelectric projects 1996 July 11

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Opposition letters, 1992
(10 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Photocopies of letters of opposition sent to FERC 1990 September 22 to 1992 October 26
5 2 Photocopies of letters of opposition sent to FERC 1992 October 27 to 1992 November 18
5 3 Record of Public Issues 1-20 Undated
5 4 Record of Public Issues 21-40 Undated
5 5 Record of Public Issues 41-60 Undated
5 6 Record of Public Issues 61-80 Undated
5 7 Record of Public Issues 81-100 Undated
5 8 Record of Public Issues 101-115 Undated
5 9 Record of Public Issues 116-124 Undated
5 10 Additional public issues Undated

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Photocopies of letters of opposition, 1990-1992
(24 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 1 Newspaper Letters to the Editor Undated
6 2 Letters pointing out beauty created by God Undated
6 3 Letters pointing out dam effects at Mink Creek. Includes four colored photographs of Mink Creek Undated
6 4 Letters regarding dam safety Undated
6 5 Letters of opposition regarding areas of critical environmental concerns Undated
6 6 Letters of opposition concerning fish and game Undated
6 7 Letters concerned about fossil beds Undated
6 8 Letters of opposition to preserve history Undated
6 9 Letters of opposition from hunters Undated
6 10 Letters concerned about possible law suits Undated
6 11 Letters of opposition in regards to money for a few Undated
6 12 Letters concerned with nitrification Undated
6 13 Letters regarding public access Undated
6 14 Letters concerned about the impact for recreational use Undated
6 15 Letters regarding road access Undated
6 16 Letters concerned about the impact on rock squirrels Undated
6 17 Letters from residents of Utah Undated
6 18 Letters of opposition concerning wetlands below project Undated
6 19 Letters of opposition stating the project is not worth it Undated
6 20 Miscellaneous opposition letters 1990 May 5 to 1990 June 15
6 21 Miscellaneous opposition letters 1990 June 17 to 1990 August 29
6 22 U. S. Department of the Interior Visitor's Rosters from Preston, Idaho and Pocatello, Idaho 1990 May 22
6 23 Letter from Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus to Senate and House Energy Committee Chairmen 1992 September 22
6 24 Unsigned letter to Congressmen Richard H. Stallings 1992 September 30

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Information in support of the project, 1990-1992
(4 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 1 School Finance Undated
7 2 Western Area Power Administration mailing Undated
7 3 Letters expressing support 1988 August 5 to 1990 August 29
7 4 Letters expressing support 1992 October 27

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Newspaper articles, 1990-1994
(12 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 Newspaper articles 1987 July 17 to 1990 May 27
8 2 Newspaper articles 1990 June 5 to 1990 December 21
8 3 Newspaper articles 1991 January 17 to 1991 October 9
8 4 Newspaper articles 1992 April 1 to 1992 November 24
8 5 Newspaper articles 1993 January 10 to 1993 November 10
8 6 Newspaper articles 1994 June 16 to 1994 August 25
8 7 Undated newspaper articles Undated
8 8 News release by Idaho Department of Water Resources announcing public hearing on Oneida Narrows Water Right 1990 July 25
8 9 Newspaper articles on contractor and engineer competency 1990 October 10 to 1992 June 24
8 10 Newspaper articles on contractor and engineer competency 1992 July 12 to September 21
8 11 Photocopies of newspaper articles regarding engineering issues on other dams 1992 June 25 to 1992 September 21
8 12 Photocopies of newspaper articles on Utah water usage from Salt Lake Tribune Undated

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Newsletters, book excerpts and magazine articles, 1988-1993
(19 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 The Murrelet, Vol. 69, No. 2 1988 Summer
9 2 High Country News, Vol. 23, No. 14 1991 August 12
9 3 Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Vol. VIII, No. 3 1991 Fall
9 4 Little Bear NewsletterNo. 2; No. 1 1991 September; 1992 February; 1993 July
9 5 WALU Sentinel newsletter Vol. 3, No. 3 1992 March
9 6 Recycling Times newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 1 1992 Spring
9 7 High Country News article, “The Electric Revolution” pages 6-14, 23, 26-28 1992 June 29
9 8 Utility Environment Report article titled, U.S. Generating: Early Environmental Analysis is Key to Power Contracts” 1992 October 16
9 9 Northwest Power Planning Council newsletters Vol. 9, No. 12 and Vol. 10, No. 1 1992 December and 1993 January
9 10 Utah Watershed Review Focus: “The Bear River”, Vol. 1, No. 3 1993 May-June
9 11 COOP America Quarterly magazine 1993 Spring
9 12 Northwest Energy News newsletter by Northwest Power Planning Council, Vol. 12 No. 5 1993 September-October
9 13 Basin, Range and Rimrock newsletter 1993 Fall
9 14 The Volunteer Monitor Vol. 6, No. 1 1994 Spring
9 15 Article by Warren Cornwall titled, “Idaho Rivers vs. Idaho Dams”
Accompanying letter states that it was to be printed in High Country News later that winter.
1990 July
9 16 Photocopied pages from Environmental Economics, by Joseph Seneca and Michael K. Taussig, 3rd Ed. Pages 287-288, 312-319 Undated
9 17 Photocopied pages from Natural Resource Damages: Law and Economics by Kevin Ward and John Duffield. Pages 527-554 Undated
9 18 Article titled, “The Water Profiteers”, by Peter Steinhart Undated
9 19 Article titled, “It’s Wake-up Time for Main Street when Wal-Mart Comes to Town”, by Donald Dale Jackson Undated

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Reports collected by FOBR, 1984-1994
(22 folders)

arranged chronologically

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 1 Idaho Geological Survey report 1984 July
10 2 Idaho Geological Survey report 1984 November
10 3 U. S. Department of Interior Report on Owyhee River management plan 1985
10 4 Idaho State Water Plan report by Water Resources Board 1989 December 12
10 5 Northwest Power Planning Council (NWPPC) Protected Areas report 1987 October 8
10 6 Supporting Design report for Sorensen Engineering 1988 November
10 7 White Horse Associates’ investigation on vegetation and soil in Oneida Narrows 1989 January
10 8 FERC licensing status report of Idaho hydropower projects 1989 March 31
10 9 Preliminary and Supplementary Geological report for Sorensen Engineering 1989 June
10 10 Division of Water Resources memo on seismotectonic setting 1990 February 12
10 11 Northwest Power Planning Council (NWPPC) report titled, “New Resources: Supply Curves and Environmental Effects” 1990 February 28
10 12 Idaho State University statement regarding geologic hazards 1990 August 16
10 13 Report and corresponding letter from Idaho Department of Water Resources on proposed project 1990 August 21
10 14 Northwest Power Planning Council (NWPPC) list of project-related changes, report 90-10 1990 August 22
10 15 Bear River Pre-Design Study by Division of Water Resources 1990 October 15
10 16 Integrated Resource Plan 1990 and 1992
10 17 Report and order on standards and guidelines for Integrated Resource Plan 1992 June 18
10 18 Idaho Water Resources Board’s Comprehensive State Water Plan 1992
10 19 Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Report 1992
10 20 U.S. Department of Interior mailing list of structural projects in Idaho 1994
10 21 Water Quality Status Report on Bear River by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Undated
10 22 Partial report by geologist Robert Bright Undated

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Environmental and wildlife impacts, 1985-1992
(17 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
11 1 New access road proposed by Fackrell and its impacts Undated
11 2 Access to Bear River Undated
11 3 Counts and activities in Bear River Canyon 1990 Summer
11 4 Traffic counts that includes colored photos Undated
11 5 FERC Environmental Impact Statement 1992 February
11 6 Economic feasibility Undated
11 7 Idaho Fish and Game Concerns on Bear River Narrows Project Undated
11 8 Impact on Canadian geese and marshes Undated
11 9 Geological Impacts Undated
11 10 Raptor impacts that includes photos of perched eagles Undated
11 11 Colored photos of soil sloughing off of river liner Undated
11 12 Water conservancy district brochures Undated
11 13 Cumulative Impacts Undated
11 14 FOBR outline of consequences of denial Undated
11 15 FOBR Alternative Proposal Undated
11 16 FOBR No Action Alternative Undated
11 17 Proposed Research Natural Areas 1985 August 16

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Motions and petitions, 1985-1993
(32 folders)

arranged chronologically

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
12 1 Administrative Procedure 67-5210 Undated
12 2 FERC Formal Requirements for Filings in Proceedings Before the Commission Undated
12 3 Idaho Supreme Court Case Edward C Shokal, Cole M. Reed and State of Idaho, Department of Fish and Game Billie Reed vs. A. Kenneth Dunn, Director, Department of Water Resources and Trout Co. 1985 September 24
12 4 FERC Notice of Intent Of Utah Board of Water Resources to file Competing Preliminary Permit Application filed by Birch Power Company, Inc. 1985 December 2
12 5 Utah Board of Water Resources Notice of Withdrawl of Its Notice of Intent 1986 January 2
12 6 FERC Order Issuing Preliminary Permit issued to Birch Power Company, Inc. 1986 January 16
12 7 Notice of Changes to Bear River FERC Application 1989 January
12 8 Application for License For Major Unconstructed Project prepared by Sorensen Engineering, P.A. to FERC 1989 January 12
12 9 Information meeting minutes held in Preston, Idaho, March 20, 1989 and attached resolution 1989 May 12
12 10 Notice of Application Filed with the Commission by Birch Power Company, Inc. for application for major license filed on January13, 1989. 1989 August 21
12 11 Motion to Intervene and Petition to Deny Application For A Major License submitted to FERC by The State of Idaho in regards to a major license application filed by Birch Power Company. 1989 October 26
12 12 FERC Notice Granting Late Intervention to Idaho Department of Fish and Game to intervene in Birch Power Company, Inc.’s application. 1989 December 7
12 13 Amended Motion to Intervene submitted to FERC by The State of Idaho on a motion that was filed on October 30, 1989 by Birch Power Co. 1990 January 8
12 14 Resolution on the matter of the effect the Bear River Narrows Hydro electric project on the Oneida Narrows reservoir site identified as a protected reservoir site in the state water plan. Passed and approved 1990 February 23
12 15 Motion to Intervene and Petition to Deny Application submitted to FERC by The State of Idaho for a permit application filed by Hydro-Power of Nevada. 1990 March 28
12 16 Department of Water Resources of the State of Idaho Notice of Hearing in the matter of an application by S & F Power Company to appropriate the public waters of the State of Idaho. 1990 April 25
12 17 Petition filed by FOBR for Leave to Intervene Before the Idaho Department of Water Resources 1990 July 13
12 18 Denied order to petition filed by Currie Locket to intervene as a full party 1990 August 16
12 19 Petition filed by FOBR for Rehearing Application to Appropriate Water 1990 August 30
12 20 Petition filed by FOBR to Deny Application to Appropriate Water 1990 August 30
12 21 FOBR Petition to Deny Application to Appropriate Water Before the Idaho Department of Water Resources Regarding Bear River Narrows Project No 9215. 1990 August 30
12 22 FOBR Submission of Evidence and Arguments 1990 August 30
12 23 Friends of Bear River Petition to Withdraw Exemption to the Northwest Power Planning Council.
(two copies)
1990 September 5
12 24 Petition for Rehearing filed by S & F Power Co. to appropriate water of the Bear River for power purposes 1990 October 17
12 25 Notice Granting Late Intervention filed by FOBR to FERC to intervene in the Birch Power Co. license application that was filed on January 17, 1991. Notice is dated June 21, 1991
12 26 Moratorium Order In the Matter of Applications and Permits for the Diversion and Use Water Within the Salmon and Clearwater River Basins, Idaho by The State of Idaho Before the Department of Water Resources. 1992 May 15
12 27 Moratorium Order In the Matter of Applications For Permit For Diversion and Use of Ground Water Within the Bear River Drainage and Great Basin Tributaries by The State of Idaho Before the Department of Water Resources. 1992 May 15
12 28 Moratorium Order In the Matter of Application for Permits for Diversion and Use of Surface and Ground Water Within the Snake River Basin Upstream from the USGS Gauge on the Snake River near Weiser by The State of Idaho Before the Department of Water Resources. 1992 May 15
12 29 Motion to Intervene filed by American Whitewater Affiliation and American Rivers, Inc. with FERC against Utah Power and Light Company in regards to the Cutler project 1992 August 17
12 30 Notice of application for license for the construction of the Bear River Narrows hydropower project 1992 September. 9
12 31 Petition filed by Friends of Bear River to Continue Agency and Public Scoping Hearings and To Extend Filing Deadline
Also includes a handwritten message from Currie Lockett to FOBR attorney Brad Wright on content of petition.
September 23, 1992
12 32 Final order from Idaho Water Resources Board in the matter of a permit to establish a minimum lake level on Bear Lake 1993 November 15

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Legal cases, 1983-1993
(11 folders)

arranged chronologically

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
13 1 Idaho Water Law Handbook 1983 October
13 2 Supreme Court of Idaho Kootenai Environ. Alliance v. Panhandle Yacht v. State Board of Land Commissioners and Dept. of Lands, Cross-Respondents 1983 November 2
13 3 Protected Areas Rule adopted 1988 August 10
13 4 U. S. Supreme Court case California v Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Et. Al. decision 1990 May 21
13 5 District Court of the Fourth Judicial District Earl M. Hardy v. R. Keith Higginson, Director, Idaho Department of Water Resources 1990 July 25
13 6 H. R. 649 to amend the Federal Power Act in the 102D Congress 1st Session 1991
13 7 Idaho Docket 1992 December
13 8 Idaho Boating Laws and Rules updated 1993 July 1
13 9 Article from Idaho Law Review titled “The Role of States and Federal Agencies in Conditioning FERC Licenses”, by Scott W. Reed Undated
13 10 Idaho State Water Laws 42-402, 42-203 and 42-203A Undated
13 11 General Information for Nominating a River for Wild and Scenic Status Undated

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Binder copy of documents sent to FERC, 1990
(22 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
14 1 Binder submitted to FERC to intervene in opposition to the application for a major license submitted by Birch Power Co. 1990 December 19
14 2 Motion to Intervene in opposition to the Application for a major license filed by FOBR 1990 December 19
14 3 Appendices to motion to intervene in opposition Exhibits A-1 & A-2 (match with Box 12) Undated
14 4 Appendix B: Recreation Undated
14 5 Additional information on Recreation Undated
14 6 Appendix C: Fishery Loss Undated
14 7 Appendix D: Wildlife and Habitat Loss Undated
14 8 Additional information on fish and wildlife Undated
14 9 Appendix E: Environment and Water Quality Undated
14 10 Additional information on water quality. Conference brochure 1990 September 22-23
14 11 Appendix F: Geology and Dam Safety Undated
14 12 Appendix G: Other Consequences Undated
14 13 Additional information on other consequences Undated
14 14 Appendix H: Flow and Reservoir Level Undated
14 15 Additional information on flow and reservoir level Undated
14 16 Appendix I: Economic Feasibility Undated
14 17 Additional information on economic feasibility Undated
14 18 Appendix J: Power Not Needed Undated
14 19 Additional information on power not needed Undated
14 20 Appendix K: Conflicts with Agency Plans Undated
14 21 Appendix L: Public Opposition Undated
14 22 Additional information on public opposition Undated

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Scoping Meeting and Scoping Documents, 1992
(13 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
15 1 FERC Scoping Document 1 for Bear River Narrows Project 1992 September 18
15 2 Memo announcing scoping meetings and objectives from FERC 1992 September 18
15 3 FERC Public Scoping Meeting stenographers report, Preston, Idaho 1992 September 30
15 4 FERC Public Scoping Meeting stenographers report, Pocatello, Idaho 1992 September 30
15 5 Scoping meeting attendees 1992 September 30
15 6 Idaho Department of Fish and Game scoping comments 1992 October 26
15 7 Birch Power Company scoping comments 1992 October 29
15 8 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) formal review comments on Scoping Document 1 1992 October 29
15 9 EPA comments on scoping documents 1992 October 30
15 10 Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation scoping comments 1992 October 30
15 11 Supplement to oral comments at public scoping hearing from FERC to FOBR 1992 October 30
15 12 Department of Fisheries and Wildlife recommendations to Scoping Document 1 1992 November 25
15 13 FERC Scoping Document 2 1992 December 4

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Maps, 1990
(8 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
16 1 Hand-drawn maps that includes seven colored photographs of area Undated
16 2 Oneida Project Maps Undated
16 3 Division of Water Resources Mapping Update 1990 March 20
16 4 Maps of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming Undated
16 5 Maps of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming (continued) Undated
16 6 Bear River Narrows Hydroelectric Project Map Undated
16 7 Bear River Project Reservoir Map compared to Glendale Reservoir Map Undated
16 8 Aerial photo showing property lines around Bear River Undated

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Miscellaneous, 1991-1994
(9 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
17 1 Western Governors’ Association Conference 1991 October 10-12
17 2 Rocky Mountain Environmental Directory response form 1992-1993
17 3 National Water Policy Roundtable Conference 1992
17 4 Western Systems Coordinating Council as suggested reading 1992 April
17 5 Western Water Conference Agenda 1994 August 13-14
17 6 Black and white photocopies of photographs of Oneida Reservoir and Borrow Pit area Undated
17 7 Five colored photographs of unspecified area showing gravel road and four colored photographs showing patterns in the dirt. Also includes three colored photographs of unknown individuals and a colored photograph of cucumber plants. Includes negatives. Undated
17 8 Excerpts from a Task Force meeting minutes Undated
17 9 Whitewater safety guidelines from American Red Cross Undated

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Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Dams--Bear River (Utah-Idaho)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Bear River (Utah-Idaho)
    • Bear River (Utah-Idaho)--Power utilization.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Birch Creek Power Company (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
    • Friends of Bear River.
    • Idaho. Dept. of Water Resources

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