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Master of Science (MS)




William F. Lye


This paper examines the historical process of water resources development in the Bear River Basin and is based on the thesis that the attitudes of Bear River water users towards development reduce to a concern over the scarcity of water or the potential shortage of water. This concern has been a constant and primary focus of water resources development in the Bear River Basin even as water resources technology became increasingly more sophisticated and the legal and political consideration of water resource development became more complex. From the time of the original Mormon settlements in the Bear River Basin Water resource development in the basin has gone through several periods, each marked by the necessity for larger aggregations of capital and increased technical skill. Each of these developments has been met with distrust until the developer was able to convince the water users of his concern for an adequate water supply for basin water users.

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