Utah State Water Plan: Sevier River Basin (SWP-5)

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Water Rights and Water Resources

By: Division of Water Resources

The Sevier River Basin is located in Central and South Central Utah. It covers nearly 6.8 million acres which contain large variations in topography, climate, soils and vegetation. Elevations drop from 12,173 feet to about 4,500 feet with precipitation ranging from more than 35 inches to less than 8 inches. The geologic parent materials provide a wide variety of soils producing vegetation from alpine conifer forest complexes to desert shrubs and grasses. The Sevier River is unique in Utah and is one of the most utilized rivers in the nation. It is used and managed under a complex system of water rights determined by court decrees, stipulations, agreements and certifications. Water rights are influenced by even small changes in weather patterns.

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: 1999
Location: Beaver County, Garfield County, Iron County, Juab County, Kane County, Millard County, Piute County, Sanpete County, and Sevier County
Media Type: Paper Publication

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