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Bear River Basin Adjudication (BRBA)

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On June 15, 2021, the 5th Judicial District Court issued a commencement order for the Bear River Basin Adjudication, a legal process in which a court reviews and confirms all existing water rights in the Bear River Basin within the state of Idaho.

The adjudication will review all water rights held by local, state, and federal governments, Native American tribes, and private property owners. The commencement order gives water users within the Bear River Basin the option of deferring the filing of small domestic and stockwater claims.

The adjudication includes both surface water and groundwater rights in those portions of Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Cassia, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties within the Bear River Basin.

Recent Activity

Commencement Notice Mailing

January 30, 2023:   IDWR mailed the 1st round of Notice to File claims in the BRBA (Commencement Notice) to property owners within IDWR’s Administrative Basin 11.

Upcoming Meetings & Events


No upcoming events are planned at this time.

Past Public Events

November 16 & 17, 2022:  IDWR held public information meetings discussing the Bear River Basin Adjudication at the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier Idaho on November 16 and 17, 2022.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can access the presentation materials below:

BRBA Public Outreach Presentation November 2022

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Group 1Mailed Jan 30, 2023

Filing Deadline:  Oct 20, 2023

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