The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands requests proposals for research projects that will assist the Division in becoming better informed stewards of Great Salt Lake. It is the intent of the Division to gain a better understanding of the lake system which leads to informed decision making regarding long-term management of this important ecosystem.

The Great Salt Lake Tech Team, through its Research and Grants Subcommittee, has identified six “hot topics” that research projects will address in 2016, either individually or in combination:

  1. Bioherms/Stromatolites – Research could further identify characteristics of the unique structures that grow in the Great Salt Lake and the benefits that they provide to the ecosystem. Identification of optimal conditions that promote growth and stressors that cause impairment would be beneficial.
  2. Effects of dust from exposed lake beds of the Great Salt Lake – Does the increased exposure of a dry lake bed have adverse impacts on human health and agricultural viability in the Great Salt Lake basin?
  3. Impacts of increasing salinity on the biota of the Great Salt Lake -   Increasing demands for fresh water in the Great Salt Lake basin have the potential to cause further decrease in overall lake levels and increase salinity.  How does the increased concentration of salts impact the production of brine shrimp, brine flies and the birds that rely on the organisms for food?
  4. Mercury - Further characterize the fate and transport, biological process, and impacts of mercury on sensitive species and human health. Consider how the methylization of mercury is impacted with the closure of the culverts and the low lake levels.
  5. Salinity balance and cycle - Research could include analysis and quantification of riverine and atmospheric inputs to each bay and total extraction from the lake. Provide further understanding of the current salt crust on the GSL lakebed and how the salt crust impacts the lake’s overall salt balance. Examine the positive and negative implications of increased or decreased circulation between bays.
  6. Phragmites- Assessing and implementing approaches to manage Phragmites in the GSL watershed. Examine a range of revegetation strategies after Phragmites treatments.

Click here to download the complete RFP and other details

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is requesting Statements of Qualifications and Proposals from individuals and firms to act as the FoGSL’s technical expert in monitoring and interpreting site specific information related to the cleanup of the US Magnesium Superfund Site near Rowley, Utah in Tooele County.

FoGSL RFP for Technical Advisor USMAG.pdf


The DEADLINE for responding to this RFQ/RFP and for submitting all related materials is Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, at 5:00 P.M.  

FoGSL will announce the successful applicant within thirty days of the deadline. FoGSL expects to enter into a written “time and material” contract with a “not to exceed” cap on total costs, expenses and materials with the selected individual or firm. The selection process, the contractor, and contract are subject to prior review by the EPA. FoGSL reserves the right to modify, withdraw or cancel this RFQ/RFP at any time and for any reason prior to the execution of a written agreement with the selected individual or firm.

FoGSL reserves the right to meet with one or more respondents before making a final selection.

Address all submissions and correspondence to:

Katie Pearce, TAG Coordinator and Board member, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

P.O. Box 2655, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110.



Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Employment Opportunity

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:

  • Assist in the coordination of our Lakeside Learning field trip program, including:
    • Lead groups of 4th graders through a series of outdoor educational activities at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina State Park.
    • Coordinate field trip schedules with volunteers and teachers
    • Prepare and maintain field trip gear
    • Work with staff, volunteers, and program participants to evaluate Lakeside Learning
  • Co-lead Great Salt Lake Summer Camp (a week-long day camp for 4th and 5th graders)
  • Coordinate participation in public outreach events and festivals
  • Assist with preparations for and during FRIENDS’ annual fall fundraising event
  • Assist with other FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake education/outreach efforts as needed, which may include:
    • Design and create outreach items and educational materials
    • Update existing curriculum
    • Plan/staff special events
    • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Environmental Studies, or related discipline preferred (2+ years of job experience will be considered in place of education)
  • Capable of acting as a group facilitator
  • Comfortable working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a calm demeanor in stressful situations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and independent
  • Quick learner and willingness to learn environmental concepts, specifically those focused on Great Salt Lake
  • Ability to do moderate lifting and walk up to a mile over uneven terrain
  • Computer proficiency and access to a computer and internet
  • Experience on social media platforms
  • Valid Drivers’ License and own transportation (mileage reimbursement available when using personal vehicle)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, upon hiring

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience teaching environmental education
  • Prior experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based facilitation, place-based education
  • Knowledgeable of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups
  • Safety training and certifications

How to Apply:
Email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Holly Simonsen at no later than Friday February 22, 2018.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

The 2nd Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize!

FRIENDS looks forward to another year of celebrating the relationship between local artists and one of Utah’s most precious natural resources. Through artistic expressions, we enhance our capacity to build awareness about Great Salt Lake and our need to preserve and protect it for the future.

Click here for complete details and how to submit your work.

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival May 14-18, 2015 Farmington, Utah
The 2015 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival promises another fantastic program of field trips, workshops, and family events. And the icing on the cake for our 17th annual Festival is Keynote Speaker David Allen Sibley.
Festival attendees have several incredible opportunities to interact with Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, and the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds(2nd edition released in 2014). Sibley will offer a workshop at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, followed by a book signing. He will also co-lead two field trips on Saturday, May 16, and conclude the day as the keynote speaker at the Festival’s Dutch Oven Dinner.
Dinner tickets to hear David Allen Sibley are on sale now at; just click the “Register Now” button.

Be sure to check back again starting at 9 a.m. MST on March 2 for all field trip registration. Many trips fill up fast—so log in early to get your preferred spots.
As always, the Festival offers a full slate of family activities on Friday evening and all day on Saturday. The “Birding Is for Families” theme is carried out in the first workshop on Saturday morning, offered by author and birder Bill Fenimore. Saturday workshops are free and feature many live birds.
Another great feature of the Festival is the annual Student Art Contest. The contest is open to Utah students in pre-school through 12th grade. In recent years, the festival has received several hundred exceptional entries from students all over the state. All student art is on exhibit at the Festival from 12–7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and from 10 a.m. –6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.  Art Contest information and entry form is on the web site.  Entries are due May 4, 2015.
The Festival hosts a vendor fair on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Interested vendors—both businesses and non-profit organizations—should fill out the vendor application found online at
Registration for field trips for the 2015 Festival begins on-line March 2, 2015

Vendor applications accepted through April 30, 2015. Program listing is on-line and program booklets can be picked up at the Davis County Administration Building Room 304, 61 S. Main Farmington, Wild About Birds Nature Center/Layton, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, or Feed the Birds/Bountiful.

Scientists say Union Pacific causeway must be breached to protect ecosystem, brine industries.

What do you think? 

Read the full article here

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00

Great Salt Lake at near-record low level

A very informative article with lots of great contributors, including our Executive Director Lynn de Freitas.


Click here for the full Salt Lake Tribune article.

FRIENDS is proud to present the 2018 Friend of the Lake award to Steven E. Clyde 

Steven 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.                         

Friend of the Lake Award Recipients

The Friend of the Lake Award is given to a person, organization, 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. Understanding can lead to positive action for preservation of Great Salt Lake. To recognize these talents and contributions, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake established an award to be presented at our Biennial Great Salt Lake Issues Forum.

2002 – The first award was presented to the late Dr. Donald R. Currey, geomorphologist in the Geography Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Currey worked to raise awareness about the unique geomorphological features that surround Great Salt Lake, their importance as archives of the past, and why they should be protected.

2004 - Joy Emory is an environmental engineer representing FRIENDS on the Kennecott South End Technical Advisory Committee as part of the CERCLA process. Her understanding of extremely complex surface and ground water dynamics as it pertains to the remediation of mining contamination helped FRIENDS participate more fully in this important process.

2006 - Al Trout is the retired manager of the USFWS Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah. Al worked tirelessly with the community and volunteers to restore the Refuge after the high water years of the 1980’s. He continues to be an arch advocate for Great Salt Lake preservation and protection.

2008 – There were two recipients this year -  a doctor and an attorney. It’s important for the Lake to have both. Dr. Maunsel Pearce, Chair of the GSL Alliance and Joro Walker, Senior Attorney at Western Resources Advocates. Dr. Pearce has always been there for the Lake – advocating for better management, stronger protection and greater recognition of this hemispherically important ecosystem.

Just like good science, good legal insight can strengthen the work FRIENDS is trying to do for the Lake. Joro has been instrumental in providing legal support to help advance timely and responsible results for the Lake.

2010 – Don Paul is president of AvianWest, Inc, a bird and habitat conservation business. He is a career wildlife biologist having served 34 years in several positions for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and four years as the Great Basin Bird Conservation Region Coordinator. His career emphasis takes two directions, conservation biology with emphases in international community conservation linkages and avian conservation with experience in large-scale landscape bird monitoring.

2012 – Charles Uibel, ( has an incredible photographic eye. He has been to just about every place a person can go around the Lake, capturing its beauty in such a magical way that the viewer is awed. His photographs are a constant reminder of the power and the importance of Great Salt Lake in our lives.

2014 – Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in   Salt Lake City. Her research on Robert Smithson’s earthwork the Spiral Jetty has led to her cumulative work, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place (forthcoming, as are several book chapters on the earthwork). She contributes regularly to the online magazine 15 Bytes ( and has essays included in the online Exhibition catalog essays were commissioned of Loe in 2013 for Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) and Plurality: Frank McEntire in Retrospect (Snow College University), and in 2014 for No One Site (The Leonardo and the School of Architecture, University of Utah). She has curated exhibitions at Westminster College, Finch Lane Gallery (Art Barn), and The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York; lectures frequently; and exhibits photographs related to the land.

2016 – At the the 2016 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, FRIENDS honored the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) with this award for its collaborative due diligence in studying artemia franciscana – Great Salt Lake brine shrimp. Over the past 20 years, this public-private partnership represented by the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, Utah State University and the University of Notre Dame has succeeded in developing a sustainable management model for this resource. The Brine Shrimp Population Model developed by Dr. Gary Belovsky, University of Notre Dame, is a model used to track the brine shrimp demographics and manage the fishery in order to maximize production and ensure a healthy ecosystem. Our hats go off to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) for its coordinated effort in providing a valuable tool for managing this resource.


A Measure of Salt: Contemporary Artists Engaging Great Salt Lake is a group exhibition of twenty artists from Salt Lake City, New York City, and Los Angeles, each of who finds artistic inspiration in the salt of Utah’s inland sea.

The lake, no matter where one lives in the state of Utah, is a defining geographical feature, born of the much larger ancient Lake Bonneville. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the state’s history, industries, then in the course of time - art – have found commonality in this mineral.

The exhibit opens Febuary 13th and runs through May 23rd at the Granary Art Center.


Click here for complete details on this great event!


Why We Care

  • Somewhere there should be a place for artists and tourists—if no one else is interested—to watch the gulls wheel into a flaming sunset and to ripple their hands in the smooth brine.

    George Dibble, "Deserted Site Remains Tourist Artist Mecca," Salt Lake Tribune, 1961