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More money sought for ailing Utah Lake, drying Great Salt Lake

19 February 2020
What will help these struggling lakes? By Amy Joi O'Donoghue@Amyjoi16  Feb 17, 2020, 5:45pm MST SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of funding requests before a Utah legislative subcommittee aim to boost coordination and research efforts when it comes to the health of Utah Lake and the Great Salt Lake. Efforts to…

Support Great Salt Lake Coordinator Position

18 February 2020
February 17, 2020 Dear Senators and Representatives We, the undersigned organizations, support the Request for Appropriation of $110,000 in ongoing funds from the Sovereign Lands Account for a Great Salt Lake Coordinator within the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (the Division). The Great Salt Lake is an iconic…

SB26–Water Banking Amendments, Supplemental Material

06 February 2020
Senate Bill 26 Water Banking Amendments. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake supports SB26, Water Banking Amendments (Chief Sponsor, Sen. Iwamoto; House Sponsor, Rep, Hawkes). This bill will establish the framework for both statutory and contract water banking, which will help usher Utah water policy into the 21st century, including opportunities to…

Weber County mulls new trash deal with Republic, draws ire of Promontory Point

29 January 2020
Check out the most recent information on the status of the Promontory Point Landfill by reading Tim Vandenack's article in the Standard Examiner. (FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake continues to oppose a landfill on Promontory Point Peninsula.) Weber County mulls new trash deal with Republic, draws ire of Promontory Point…

BYU study links shrinking Great Salt Lake, other vanishing water bodies to 90% of northern Utah’s dust

11 December 2019
By Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune Upwind from northern Utah’s urban centers is a network of lakebeds, dried-up remnants of a vast prehistoric inland sea that dominated the region when the climate was much wetter and cooler that it is today. Now, as western Utah becomes even drier — from…

Commentary: More study needed before state makes changes on Legacy Parkway

09 December 2019
By Angie Keeton, Roger Borgenicht, Ann Floor, Lynn de Freitas and Heather Dove | Special to The Tribune We believe that a rigorous study is essential to evaluate the current need and to assess and disclose the impacts if large trucks and higher speeds are introduced on Legacy Parkway in Davis County.…

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