Utah State Water Plan: Cedar/Beaver Basin (SWP-2)

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Water Rights and Water Resources

By: Division of Water Resources

The Cedar/Beaver Basin is part of the Sevier Lake Region, which is part of the larger Great Basin Region which is a closed basin. The Cedar/Beaver Basin drains into the Sevier River which terminated in the normally dry Sevier Lake Playa. There are 3.6 million acres in the basin. Precipitation ranges from eight inches in the west desert area to 40 inches in the high mountains. Elevations range from 4,600 feet to 12,173 feet above sea level.

The lofty Tushar Mountains and colorful Markagunt Plateau on the east are in marked contrast to the rugged mountain ranges and environment of the western part of the basin. The federal government administers nearly two-thirds of the total area and the state administers about 8 percent. About 26 percent of the land is in private ownership. Tribal lands amount to about 1 percent.

This State Water Plan provides a foundation and direction to plan for and encourage the best use of its water resources. The purpose of this plan is to identify potential conservation and development measures and projects and to describe alternatives to alleviate the problems, needs and demands of the local people.

Other Information:
Published: 1995
Location: Beaver County, Iron County, Millard County, and Washington County
Media Type: Paper Publication

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