Air

Lake Dust & Air Quality

Air quality

Great Salt Lake’s lowering lake levels mean more of the lakebed is exposed. The lakebed is made of fine silts and salts, which are easily carried by the wind into the Wasatch Front’s air. These particles also carry heavy metals. 

Communities from Brigham City to Salt Lake are experiencing episodes of very poor air quality and conditions are forecasted to worsen as Great Salt Lake’s water levels are further reduced. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is committed to supporting conservation actions that keep water in Great Salt Lake and our air healthy. 

In 2016, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake awarded the Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship to Derek Mallia, Ph.D. student, University of Utah for his research on "The Impacts of a Shrinking Great Salt Lake on Future Air Quality."

Air Quality will also be addressed at the 2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum: Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great to be held May 9, 10 & 11 2018 at the University of Utah Officers Club. Please join us!

 

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Why We Care

  • We suggest that Great Salt Lake is a phenomenal asset to the state of Utah. Its mineral resources have been appreciated for almost 150 years. Brine shrimp are now appreciated because they are economically valuable. To only a very limited extent is the lake appreciated for tourism, for culture, for earth systems history and for education. 

    Scientific Review Committee, Comments to the Great Salt Lake Management Planning Team, 1999

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