If you are a resident, trail user, auto-commuter, birder or other concerned citizen, please join us for an evening of discussion and idea-generation focused on protecting our beloved Legacy Parkway.
Despite significant effort put forth by Rep. Ballard, Sen. Weiler, co-sponsors, supporting municipalities, and organizational allies, HB 339 and SB 119 failed to pass out of their respective legislative committees and we were unable to get an extension to the Legacy Parkway Truck Ban during this session. The following links will take you to committee meeting recordings should you like to review the discussion:
SB 119 2/7/19 - https://bit.ly/2u3IOPx
HB 339 2/22/19 - https://bit.ly/2F7cIc9
and 2/25/19 - https://bit.ly/2HgjoH4
Rep. Ballard suggested we gather for a follow-up to our January 16 Community Meeting to discuss what happened during the session, what was learned, and what options we still have going forward. Most importantly we will have small group discussion time to hear from YOU–our residents, commuters and trail users–about your real concerns about how Legacy Parkway will change on January 1, 2020 when the ban on heavy trucks expires. Let's fill the room again!
One thing that Save Legacy Parkway committee members learned is that there are many opportunities for us to be informed and involved, and if state or local government does not do due diligence to protect and prepare residents for change, we need to speak up. We need commitments from leaders with regard to what action they will take to mitigate the negative impacts on communities and sensitive environmental areas around Legacy Parkway before January 1, 2020.
Complete our Next Steps Survey: https://bit.ly/2O0Jzlz
Sign our Petition: https://bit.ly/2F8WPBV
Your voice matters, please make every effort to attend.
Please join us on Friday, March 15th from 12:30-1:20 at Weber State University's Lindquist Hall LH Room 280 for the Great Salt Lake Science & Society Brown Bag Seminar Series, featuring Executive Director, Lynn de Freitas, who will speak on "The Great Salt Lake Geopolitical Landscape."
Bring a lunch and join us for weekly seminars from regional experts and a field trip to Great Salt Lake.
We partner with the Natural History Museum of Utah and University of Utah Youth Education to offer two exciting and adventurous summer camps based on the science and ecology of Great Salt Lake!
Ladies, the Great Salt Lake is ours to discover! With staff from FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake and the Natural History Museum of Utah, you’ll investigate the cool and unique ecosystem at the Great Salt Lake, from brine shrimp and owl pellets to buoyancy and pH levels! We’ll visit places like Antelope Island and Farmington Bay, conduct salty experiments, chew pickle weed, and watch birds through binoculars. We are investigators, adventurous, and love being outside. Drop off and pick up take place at NHMU. Transportation to field trip locations is provided.
This program is only for girls entering 4th and 5th grade in Fall 2019.
Camp runs June 10-14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. Campers should bring their own non–refrigerated lunch from home along with a drink. We offer a supervised lunch hour that includes time to explore outside. Campers will receive a reusable water bottle and a camp shirt with their camp registration fee.
Camp Cost: $310 (NHMU members may be eligible for a discount)
Registration is now open! Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2XQ8ywI
Stay salty this summer and in this field-based science camp! Whether it's investigating macroinvertebrates at Memory Grove Park or air boating on Farmington Bay, each day you'll go on a field trip to explore the ecosystems surrounding the Great Salt Lake. Along the way, engage in activities and conduct experiments to learn about watersheds, rock formations, salinity, native plants, insects, animals, and more. At the end of the week, you'll leave with an outdoor activity book and brine shrimp hatch kit to continue your field work at home! Co-sponsored with University of Utah Youth Education.
This camp is for both boys and girls ages 8-10 only.
Camp runs June 24-28, 2019 from 9am-3pm daily. Campers should bring their own lunch and water from home.
Camp Cost: $275
This camp is currently full. For more information, please contact Katie Newburn at email@example.com.
The Class V Provisions in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Act Should Not Be Deleted For the Following Reasons:
The Legislature required higher standards for Class V for good reason.
The law has been in place over three decades to prevent Utah from becoming the nation’s “dumping ground” for solid waste.
The Utah Legislature doesn’t enact laws to benefit a single company.
It’s prudent for the State and legislature to exercise oversight of inter-state commerce.
The existing law allows the Legislature to exercise oversight of inter-state commerce for non-Utah commercial solid waste, because:
Instead of creating new jobs it just moves them from one rural county to another.
The Needs Assessment recognizes the investment-backed expectations of rural communities with established Class V landfills
The current Promontory Point Landfill situation shows that the Legislature required higher standards for Class V for good reason.
The Legislature shouldn’t compensate for the poor decision-making of a company.
Changing the law would eliminate important environmental and health protections.
The risk reward to Utah is NOT worth it.
Click below to download these points in an easy to read chart:
We're hiring for our 2019 Environmental Education Assistant (AmeriCorps)!
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant to complete 450 hours of work (an average of 20 hours/week) during a 6-7 month time period (April through October, 2019). The Environmental Education Assistant will play a key facilitation role within our 4th grade Lakeside Learning field trip program at Great Salt Lake and will support education and outreach projects as well as the organization's special events.
Lakeside Learning field trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am and 2pm during the months of April, May, September, October at Antelope Island State Park and the Great Salt Lake Marina. The ideal candidate will be available during these hours with some flexibility.
Additional work will generally take place during business hours, Monday through Friday, although some evening and weekends may be required. Although this position will average 20 hours per week, the weekly time commitment will be variable, with some weeks requiring up to 40 hours. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s central office is located in Salt Lake City.
The Environmental Education Assistant will:
AmeriCorps members receive the following benefits for this 450-hour position: $3,317 living stipend paid in even disbursements throughout the term of service, about $450 per month. Approximately $1,556.14 Education Award (given upon completion of service – this award can be used for future schooling or federal student loans).
How to Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Katie Newburn at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 12, 2019.
Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the candidate’s successful enrollment in Americorps/Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) and successful completion of a criminal background check. For more information about the UCC, visit www.usu.edu/ucc/
By Lee Davidson, Salt Lake Tribune
In November, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 carrying 223 passengers lifted off from Salt Lake City International Airport heading for Paris. But officials say six big tundra swans flew into it over the runway, crashing into its nose and engine covers.
No birds survived, and the airport’s chief says it was “a very, very close call” for the jumbo jet.
The birds “didn’t go straight into the engine, which is fortunate. Because at that elevation and that location, the potential for recovery is not great,” Bill Wyatt, executive director of the airport, told the Airport Advisory Board recently. The plane safely landed a few minutes later, and was grounded for inspection and repair.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported nearly 14,500 bird strikes nationally in 2017. Those numbers led the agency to propose drastically increasing the area where all major airports must work to keep wildlife away from planes, expanding it from two miles to five beyond airport boundaries.
Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune A Burrowing Owl rests on the fence surrounding the Salt Lake International Airport. The airport had 280 bird strikes in 2018. Most were minor, but overall they caused at least $674,892 in reported damage. There were 171 bird strikes with small song birds; 39 with waterfowl, 36 with raptors, 13 with bats and four with pigeons or doves. Another 17 strikes were with unknown types of birds.
The FAA may yank federal funding from airports and their sponsors — such as Salt Lake City — that do not do everything in their power to limit new developments that could attract birds and other wildlife, including denying building permits.
That proposed five-mile boundary includes much of Salt Lake City (to 1300 East on the east, plus all of its northwest quadrant out to the Kennecott tailings ponds).
Envision Utah has been contracted to carry out "public engagement" for the Utah Inland Port. The initial public open houses listed below are the first two scheduled.
Tuesday, February 19th | 6-8 p.m.
State Fairgrounds – Zions Building
155 N 1000 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Thursday, February 28th | 6-8 p.m.
Franklin Elementary School
1115 W 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Please note that Envision Utah is being paid $100,000 for this work labelled "public engagement", but which is likely to be a PR initiative designed to sell the public on the Port.
There is also a survey that one can take. Go to https://www.utahinlandport.org/public-meetings.
Be aware that this survey is part of Envision Utah's efforts to sway the public. As Terry Marasco of Moms for Clean Air says:
1. It presents it as a done deal. You may want to comment that that is a questionable assumption
2. It mentions nothing of the rushed and non-transparent way it (the Inland Port) was rushed thru the 2018 legislature (last 45 minutes for the legislature to read the bill!), and what do you think about that..
3. It mentions nothing about the fact that the state took away a huge chunk of salt lake city/county and put it in state hands
4. It says nothing about the fact that perhaps $500M of school tax revenues will be removed from the SL school district
Hope to see you there.
A scientific paper, ""Using remote cameras to validate estimates of nest fate in shorebirds," by FRIEND, John Cavit, along with his student Kristen Ellis, and two other colleagues is one of three finalists for the best paper published in Ibis during 2018.
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking to hire an Environmental Education Coordinator.
Title: Environmental Education Coordinator
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Status: Part-time, Year round
Compensation: $10-$12 hourly
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FRIENDS) was founded in 1994. The mission of FRIENDS is to preserve and protect Great Salt Lake ecosystems and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Lake through education, research, advocacy, and the arts. The long-term vision of FRIENDS is to achieve comprehensive watershed-based restoration and protection for the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.
The Environmental Education Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be facilitating the 4th grade Lakeside Learning field trip program at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina State Park. This position will also participate in community outreach events, administrative duties, and other tasks as assigned by the Education and Outreach Director.
The Environmental Education Coordinator works with a diverse population of students, in groups of 25-50, in remote outdoor settings; it is essential that the Environmental Education Coordinator be comfortable working in various conditions (biting insects, salt, sand, rain, sun) outdoors and be adaptable in the case of inclement weather.
Lakeside Learning field trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am and 2pm during the months of April, May, June, September, and October at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina State Park. Additional work will generally take place during business hours, Monday through Friday, although some evening and weekends may be required. Although this position will average 20-25 hours per week, the weekly time commitment will be variable.
The Environmental Education Coordinator will:
How to Apply:
Email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Holly Simonsen at email@example.com no later than Friday March 1, 2019.
Join FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake and Save Legacy Parkway on Thursday, February 7 from 4:00-5:00 PM at Utah State Capitol East Senate Building Room 215 as we rally support to extend the Legacy Parkway Truck Ban. Community organizers suggest we wear yellow to visibly show our support of the bill. Click here for more informaton.
By Brian Maffly
Will Utah have sufficient water in an era of declining stream flows to support a population expected to double, strong agriculture, recreation economies and a healthy environment?
While that sounds like having your Diet Coke and drinking it, too, water policy honchos believe Utah can meet its future water needs, though not without developing new sources and improving the way water is currently used.
The use-it-or-lose-it foundation of Western water law promotes waste or at least suboptimal use of this most precious natural resource and is fraught with disincentives for conservation.
Several bills cued up for this legislative session seek to reduce Utahns’ notoriously profligate water use and to add flexibility to the ways water rights are administered. In general, lawmakers prefer addressing the water question with “market-based voluntary transactions” as opposed to regulatory “command and control” oversight.
A 'bank’ for liquid assets
At the forefront of this discussion is a resolution championed by Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay, to promote “water banking,” a program that enables growers to pause their water use without risk of forfeiting their right to the water. With agriculture accounting for 80 percent of use, banking could go along way to solving the state’s water woes.
The idea, which is already being tested on the Provo River and in Cache Valley, is to allow water that would otherwise be used for irrigation to remain in a waterway, where it would support in-stream flows and reach downstream reservoirs. Farmers who do that now can find themselves without water in the future because someone else might want to use that water.
Gov. Gary Herbert’s water strategy advisory team recently released recommendations that included developing a system to facilitate temporary water-right transfers through leases and contracts to supply competing users with water to meet short-term needs. Water banks could help implement such a recommendation, according to Iwamoto’s SJR1.
“This is something worth doing for the benefit of the state,” water attorney Steve Clyde told the Legislature’s Water Development Commission at its last meeting in November. “But we have to make sure these are valid water rights that are being banked, that people aren’t dealing with prior forfeited rights and paper rights and the speculators we have seen out there in the marketplace.”
Water banking is a critical piece of Utah’s strategy to ensure enough water remains in the Colorado River to meet downstream obligations and preserve Lake Mead and Lake Powell, which are now less than half full.
Please join HawkWatch International for an opportunity to meet and learn about our newest Raptor Ambassador.
February 5, 2019
6 - 8 p.m.
2240 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Chrys is an adult male Golden Eagle and comes to HawkWatch International after being hit by a car, the most common injury among raptors. After spending time in a wildlife rehabilitation center, Chrys was deemed non-releasable and would spend his life under human care. He'll join our other amazing Raptor Ambassadors in an effort to teach our community about conservation and the threats birds of prey face in the wild.
We hope to see you on February 5!
Join us for a FREE community meeting.
February 2 9 AM - 1:30 PM The Zion Building at the Utah State Fair Park (155 North 1000 West), Salt Lake City
You're invited to a free community forum that will examine the ecological and community impacts of the proposed Utah inland port. The inland port is proposed to be a large scale truck, train and plane frieght transfer facility on 16,000 acres of land within SLC (mostly), Magna and WVC. We'll discuss the risks of increased diesel truck and train traffic, the threats to air quality, the potential for water, light and noise pollution and loss of wildlife habitat. Come learn the details, hear from national experts on how to stop pollution caused by ports, and be involved in shaping the future of this project and our community!
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake established the Doyle W. Stephens scholarship to celebrate Stephens' remarkable scientific contributions toward understanding the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. This scholarship provides support to undergraduate or graduate students engaged in new or on-going research that focuses on Great Salt Lake and its ecosystem. For 2019, FRIENDS will award two $1,000 scholarships, one to a graduate researcher and one to an undergraduate researcher.
Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. Individuals who have previously received this award are not eligible. The award may be used to support laboratory or field research, attendance at professional meetings, or other activities that further the understanding or protection of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Research located anywhere in the Great Salt Lake watershed can qualify for this award. We will consider projects from any academic field (for instance: ecology, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, geology, urban planning, social sciences, communications, education, economics, tourism, engineering, etc.).
The 2019 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Applications are now open and will close March 15, 2019. Click here to access the application.