Celebrating 20 Years Protecting Great Salt Lake

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Video produced by Natalie Avery

 

Reflections on our 20th Anniversary!

What a great year it has been...

From our “Call to Binoculars” in 1994 to our “Call for a Conservation Pool for the Lake” in 2010, we’ve definitely made a difference.

We’ve made tremendous strides forward in building awareness and appreciation of the Lake. We’ve created valuable tools and shaped important policies to address water quality protection. And we’re even getting a better handle on the “balancing act” of resource development while maintaining the ecological integrity of the system.

FRIENDS is particularly proud of the programs that we have developed in support of these efforts-

More than 19,000 - 4th grade students experienced the ooids and brine of Great Salt Lake through our Lakeside Learning Field Trips that began 14 years ago.

Last May our 10th Biennial Great Salt Lake Issues Forum continued to promote opportunities to explore the complexities involved in research, management and planning for the Lake.

The 12th Doyle Stephens Scholarship was awarded in 2014 to support research on Great Salt Lake systems by students at the university level.

And in September 2014 , the First Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize was awarded to celebrate creative expression within our community inspired by our Inland sea.

But we can do more. And we will.

-FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

 

 

Click here to see the photo's from our 20th Anniversary Gala held at the Rico Warehouse.

 

A huge thank you to all our sponsors and silent auction donors, click here to see the full list of supporters!

 

 

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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake, the second most hypersaline Inland Sea in the world, has a fate of becoming even more salty with permanent loss of a large portion of its Bear River fresh water life supply.

    Precious fresh water diverted to support more of the same, the endless expansion of the human race, big box stores, and shopping centers duplicated around the country ruining any future adventure of small town exploration and road trips.

    Everything is becoming the same. Everyone is looking the same. Everyone does the same things. Great Salt Lake is unique and the planet is loosing it as its life blood is stolen from its soft salty shores, waves gently breaking further and further out, leaving vast arrays of dry barren mudflats waiting for phragmites to invade.

    Utah does not own Great Salt Lake. Great Salt Lake is owned by the world.

    Karri Smith, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant

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