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BEAR RIVER TASK FORCE APPOINTED

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A new task force will help determine the state's role in developing the Bear River of southeastern Idaho, Gov. Cecil Andrus says.

Originating in Wyoming, the river flows into Utah, then into Idaho and back to Utah, emptying into the Great Salt Lake.This year, the Idaho Legislature created the task force overseen by the state Department of Water Resources. The committee will make recommendations about demand, management and marketing of the Bear River's water.

It must submit a preliminary report by Jan. 5, 1990, and a final report by Dec. 31 that year, when the task force disbands.

The group is composed of 12 members: four from the Legislature; Water Resources Director Keith Higginson; a member of the Idaho Water Resources Board; and appointed by the governor, four county commissioners and two holders of water rights on the river.