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Canal company presses appeal over denial of plan for Bear River dam

Officials with an eastern Idaho canal company are asking state water officials to reverse a July ruling that doomed a proposal to build a dam on the Bear River, the AP reports. The Twin Lakes Canal Co. appealed earlier this month a decision by the Idaho Department of Water Resources on plans to build a 108-foot-high dam in the Oneida Narrows near Preston. An agency administrator ruled the dam would interfere with downstream water rights and conflict with a state water compact with Utah. In their appeal, canal officials say the ruling has factual errors. Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman will make a final decision the appeal.

Environmental groups have long opposed the project, saying it's important to protect the free-flowing nature of that stretch of the Bear River. Click below for a full report from the Associated Press.

State denies permit for 4th dam, new reservoir on last free-flowing stretch of Bear River

A proposal for a fourth dam and new reservoir on the Bear River in eastern Idaho - on the last free-flowing stretch of the river that's accessible to the public - has been rejected by the Idaho Department of Water Resources. The dam proposal, first submitted in 2007, drew vigorous opposition from anglers, recreationists and environmentalists, the Associated Press reports; the department found that the benefits of the dam wouldn't outweigh the benefits of keeping the river as-is, including its value to fisheries. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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