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THE LITTLE BEAR PICKED FOR RIVER POLLUTION STUDY

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture chose the Little Bear River in Cache Valley as one of 37 sites for a study on ways to reverse water pollution.

The national study concentrates on multisource pollution. The five-year program attempts to reduce pollution and erosion on the Little Bear River, returning streams to their original course. The program will also reclaim farmland and range above the river.The government chose the Little Bear River because it has serious but correctable pollution problems, said Mike Allred, project coordinator.

Phosphorus, sodium and fecal colliforms pollute the river.

The study calls for the coordination of seven federal, state and local agencies to correct the problem.

"It is an example of coordinated resource management, which means these agencies can reduce duplication of effort and costs to the taxpayer," Allred said.