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It’s time once again for all of us to come together to talk about our Lake.

Please contact me at or at (801) 583-5593 if you have questions about sponsorship opportunities, registration, the poster session, student scholarships or anything else that you need to know so you can join us for this deep briny drink of Great Salt Lake.

Thanks for being a part of this Great Salt Lake celebration.

Student registration for the entire Issues Forum, including the Thursday evening banquet, is $70.

Because we believe the Issues Forum is an important experience and understand that students have limited means to attend conferences, we want to help.

If you are a student and need registration support, please contact Lynn de Freitas as soon as possible for more details. 


Susan Kirby, Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake






















2018 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Awarded Thursday, May 10th

Every year since 2003, FRIENDS awards the Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship ($1,000) to a graduate or undergraduate student engaged in new or ongoing research that focuses on Great Salt Lake and/or the Lake ecosystem or watershed.

The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Doyle W. Stephens (1944-2000) who was a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. As a contributor to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program that was initiated in 1996, Doyle’s work on Great Salt Lake brine shrimp ecology helped increase understanding about population dynamics of the shrimp in the Lake and factors affecting the structure and density of the population.

This year, the 2018 Doyle W. Stephens Award Ceremony will take place at the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum prior to the lunch break on Thursday, May 10th

Congratulations to Katherine Barrett, University of Notre Dame, winner of the 2018 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship for reasearch related to Great Salt Lake. Barrett's project titled, Linking Artemia To the Benthos: Do Microbialites Support Brine Shrimp Production in Great Salt Lake?, explores the connections among the Great Salt Lake food chain.

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Charles Uibel, This Is Precious

Evening Banquet at the Alta Club

Thursday, May 10thbanquet

100 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

6:30-7:00: Reception, Cash Bar

7:15-9:30: Supper in the Dining Room, Wine Service

8:15: Performance, Savage Poem Around Me,  Original Composition by Chris Mansfield with Text by Alfred Lambourne

8:30: 2018 Friend of the Lake Award to Steve E. Clyde, ClydeSnow





Chris Mansfield, Savage Poem Around Me

My composition includes lyrics from Alfred Lambourne's "Our Inland Sea." As such, it is based on Lambourne's and my experiences at the lake. Lambourne provides descriptive imagery of the lake in winter, but also details his emotional response to being alone in the immense wilderness--a response that is similar to my own. 

I lose my sense of time and place along the shore. The scenery mirrors scenery that came before, and yet there is always something new and beautiful! I go no where, despite walking miles, or the opposite: I travel miles without moving my feet. There is an all-encompassing sense of eternity by the water that is both inviting and isolating. It is this paradox I am attempting to convey through sound.

In music, meter and harmony keep time and movement. Thus, I use irregular meter and harmony to maintain stasis. Large block chords echo the expansive surroundings, while the singer voices Lamborne's solitude. The music converges on glissandi with the lyrics "waters." Thus, the rippling piano symbolizes the rippling water. The inner section reduces to a more intimate texture with an anxious chromatic bass line, serving to shift focus from the surroundings to the internal conflicts Lambourne describes in the corresponding text. Gradually the music expands, returning to block chords and the ultimate grandeur of the lake.

The Alta Club

Alta Club Facade.gif"Since 1883, the Alta Club has been the gathering place for Utah’s business, educational and political leaders. Originally modeled after the private club that flourished on the east and west costs in the late nineteenth century, the Alta Club has retained a traditional spirit while embracing the present. Located in the beautifully restored and historically significant Alta Club building in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Club will provide a unique experience of fine dining and a memorable experience.

Alta Club Dress Code

Driving Directions from the Fort Douglas area to the Alta Club

Valet Service provided

The Friend of the Lake Award is given to an individual, organization, program or business performing outstanding work in education, research, advocacy and/or the arts to benefit Great Salt Lake. 

There is a vibrant and active community of people working on behalf of the Lake. Their efforts help increase our understanding and awareness of our big salty neighbor which can lead to positive action for preservation of the ecosystem. To recognize these talents and contributions, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake established this award to be presented at our Biennial Great Salt Lake Issues Forum.


FRIENDS honors Steven E. Clyde

as the 2018 Friend of the Lake 

Screen Shot 2018 02 16 at 10.01.17 AMSteven E. Clyde, ClydeSnow, is recognized with this award for initiating a timely and important conversation about how we can bring water to Great Salt Lake. In a room filled with attorneys and water-purveyors at the October 2016 Utah Water Law Conference in Salt Lake City, Clyde delivered his white paper, Water Rights for Great Salt Lake -- is it the Impossible Dream? He argued that the Lake has a range of ecosystem services and values that must be honored; and that in the context of Utah water law, there are viable tools for bringing water to the Lake to sustain these values and to fulfill our stewardship responsbility for this unique and complex system. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Clyde has specialized in natural resources law, including oil and gas, public land law, and mining law, with a primary emphasis in water law. Mr. Clyde has represented many clients in the buying and selling of water rights and in the conversion of water rights from agricultural irrigation use to domestic, municipal, and industrial use for development of real property, particularly in the resort areas of Summit County, Utah. He has represented parties in the negotiations of a Lease of Power Privilege on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities for the Central Utah Project and in the negotiation of power sales contracts from the hydroelectric facilities constructed under the lease. He is general counsel to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the sponsor of the Central Utah Project, and is knowledgeable regarding federal reclamation law.

Steven E. Clyde was recognized with the 2018 Friend of the Lake Award at the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum Banquet. Thank you, Steve, for being a champion for the Lake. 

Another big briny thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in helping to make this event possible. We could not produce this amazing event without you!


Why We Care

  • How might we appropriately care for something if we do not know about it? How can we as citizens make informed decisions, without first being informed? We cannot.

    Bruce Thompson, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake