Biological sampling was carried out during 1976-78 in five streams in the southeastern Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado, in order to provide baseline water-quality data for an area of potential oil-shale development. The biological activity in the streams sampled generally is limited by physical factors more so than by chemical constituents and plant nutrients. Characteristics of streamflow, such as high turbidity, fluctuating water levels, and moderate to high salinity, limit production of flora and fauna biomass.
United States Geological Survey, "Selected Biological Characteristics of Streams in the Southeastern Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado" (1981). All U.S. Government Documents (Utah Regional Depository). Paper 262.