Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:30

2016 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum Update

The 2016 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum will be held on May 11th -13th and we are working on finalizing the details for this Great Salt Lake celebration.

The purpose of the forum is to convene a conversation about the complexities of the science, current issues affecting the Lake, and management and planning challenges that face these unique saline systems. The forum also includes presenters from other systems regionally and hemispherically so shared insights can be achieved between the GSL “ home team” and those outside resources.

We are excited to announce that opening remarks will be delivered by Governor Gary Herbet!

Other program highlights include:

Wednesday, May 11th -Dr. Stan Awarmik, University of California, will talk about the Archean Biosphere and Evolution of Modern Microbialites (working title). This will focus our Wednesday discussion on The Next Frontiers in Great Salt Lake Research and the work that’s being done on GSL microbial bioherms and the important benthic/invertebrate communities and their role in the food web and their importance to the ecology of Great Salt Lake.

Thursday, May 12th - Doug Barnum, USGS Salton Sea will talk about his work on this system, and share insights about possible tipping points from water development that affects salinity, brine shrimp and migratory bird populations.

Friday, May 13th - Phill Kiddoo, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District will talk about his work on the restoration of the Owens Lake system and addressing air quality issues that resulted from the desiccation of that system.

Please continue to check our website for schedule updates and registration information coming soon!



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FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is hosting the 2016 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum on May 11, 12 + 13th at the University of Utah Officers Club. The title of the program is:  Great Salt Lake in the Big Picture.

The goal of the poster session is to feature biological, hydrological, geological, ecological, archaeological, historical, economic and/or planning issues pertinent to Great Salt Lake and its management.

Poster Presentations

Poster dimensions should not exceed 3’ 9” x 3’ 9”. Size requirements must be strictly adhered to so they fit within the space assigned to them. If your poster exceeds these specifications, it may be subject to removal. Pins and display boards will be provided.

The posters can be displayed from Wednesday, May 11th at 10 am and must be removed by Friday, May 13th by 3:00 pm. Presenters will be asked to stand by their posters Thursday, May 12th from 5 – 6 pm during the Poster Session Reception to answer questions and discuss their work with other attendees. If you have questions, please contact Jaimi Butler at gslinstitute@westminstercollege.edu

Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College will offer the Outstanding Student Poster Award of $250, which will be presented on Friday, May 13th, directly after lunch and before the afternoon session begins. Interested judges should call Jaimi at 801-832-2308 or email at gslinstitute@westminstercollege.edu

Important Dates-

  • March 1 – Registration for the 2016 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum opens
  • April 22 -Submission deadline for abstracts
  • April 29 –Notification of abstract selection

Abstracts should be 200 words in length describing the poster to be presented. Indicate the list of authors in the order they are to appear in the abstract book. Send abstracts to Jaimi Butler at gslinstitute@westminstercollege.edu

Posters will be located in the East Conference Room of the Officers Club throughout the Forum.

Abstracts will be online through the Forum website www.fogsl.org/2016forum and printed in book form for Forum attendees.

Thank you for your interest in helping to make this poster session of important research rich and insightful.


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Why We Care

  • We live along the shores of something GREAT - Great Salt Lake.

    And whether we preceive it or not

    During its relatively short life as a remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville

    It has affected all of us.

    From the ancients who lived in the Great Salt lake wetlands

    To the growing populations of today and tomorrow

    The Lake affect continues to modify, influence and impress our lives.


    Lynn de Freitas, FRIENDS Executive Director