Executive Director's Message

Winter 2016: Great Salt Lake – A Body of Work that Must be Included in our Vision for Utah’s Water Future

02 March 2017
Executive Director’s Message – Winter 2017 Great Salt Lake – A Body of Work that Must be Included in our Vision for Utah’s Water Future “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it!” -The 44th President of the United States - Barack Obama in his final address to the American people…

Fall 2016: Pinch Points on the System from Record Low Elevations Require Critical Timing and Water to Address Important Ecosystem Services of Great Salt Lake

04 November 2016
Current GSL Lake elevation : Gilbert Bay/South Arm 4,192.29’ Gunnison Bay/North Arm 4,189 ’ “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me during my recent trip to Utah to discuss the profound environmental challenges facing the Great Salt Lake. It was a pleasure to tour the Great Salt…

Spring 2016: Great Salt Lake - The Gift That Keeps on Giving – Just Add Water

04 May 2016
“ He (Farooq Azam) turned and looked up at the peak in front of him. “Once I do that (find out what is happening to the Chhota Shigri Glacier in the Himalayan peaks of Northern India) the next step will be to decide what has to be done. But these…

Fall 2015: Finding “Here” at Great Salt Lake - No Matter Where you Go – There You Are

17 November 2015
“God, how I long to go out West again someday – to drive some blue highway in Nevada or Utah until there’s absolutely nothing around me, then stop the car, in the middle of the road, maybe, and get out and just stand there, where I can see the horizon…

Spring 2015: Contemplating the Yin and Yang of Great Salt Lake – How Committed Are We When Lake Levels Go Down?

07 May 2015
“I want to have enough water so we can turn those damn pumps on again.” - The late Governor Norm Bangerter (1933- 2015) I would add a bittersweet amen to that, Governor. I think it was the spring of 2003 when FRIENDS hosted a field trip to the West Desert…

Fall 2014: The Writing on the Wall is Very Clear - Now is the Time to Commit to Comprehensive Watershed-Based Restoration and Protection for Great Salt Lake

12 December 2014
Lake elevation on 11/12/2014 – 4,193.3’ asl “We need holistic, collaborative and comprehensive water policy to protect our valued resources while facilitating smart growth.” -Joe Havasi, Director, Natural Resources Compass Minerals On October 23rd, FRIENDS celebrated 20 years of our collective work to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake…

Spring 2014: Resolution of Appreciation of Great Salt Lake is Well Deserved for a Lake that Continues to Contribute to our Culture, our Community and our Consciousness

02 April 2014
“I want to learn more about it and share what is there with my children and grandchildren that I’m sure don’t know. And probably write down some of the stories of [my husband’s] family that have lived out there.” -Focus group participant in Carla Koons Trentleman’s Ph.D dissertation Place Attachment…

Fall 2013: Water Resource Pressures and Climate Change Must Be Considered Even If We Can Narrow the Differences on a Proposed Expansion on the Lake

14 October 2013
9/7/13- current lake level 4194.8’ There is no question that expansion of minerals extraction on the Lake poses a threat to the Lake ecology and functional use for everyone, especially in its current low level state. As with all resources, prudent and responsible management is required to sustain that resource…

Spring 2013: Stop, Look, and Listen - Requiring a Standard Individual Permit for the Railroad Causeway Construction is the Right Thing to Do

08 May 2013
“UPRR has stated that the proposed bridge is designed to maintain flows under “worse case” scenarios, yet this condition is impossible to define without context. The needs of mineral extraction, the brine shrimp industry, and the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem must all be considered before “worse” or best case scenarios…

Fall 2012: Railroad Causeway Proposal Re-emerges but is it the Best Proposal for the Lake?

12 November 2012
“We can only do what we can do with what we can do.” - Kathleen Anderson, Regulatory Assistant, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers On November 30, 2012, the Union Pacific Railroad must submit a “final compensatory mitigation and monitoring plan” to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approval. This…

Spring 2012: You Can Lead a Horse to Water But: Great Salt Lake Advisory Council Provides Useful Tools that Could Help in Our Work to Sustain the Lake

12 April 2012
Spring 2012 Executive Director's Message “If through scientific and economic analysis we can show the benefits that the natural environment offers, and show that the economic value is not zero, this gives policy makers a vehicle for addressing our fragile ecosystems." - Edward B. Barbier, Professor of Economics, University of…

Why We Care

  • "Great Salt Lake is a special place. There is nothing else like it. Do we really want to imagine a time when we have to say "I remember when there used to be a big salty lake out there?" Can we really be so disconnected from our landscape that we fail to act before it's too late? We must protect this resource, this place of life and reflection."

    Janessa Edwards, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Education and Outreach Director