New Report on Potential Costs of Declining Water Levels in Great Salt Lake

21 November 2019 Published in News & Events

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Assessment of Potential Costs of Declining Water Levels in Great Salt Lake.pdf

This November 2019 report was prepared by ECONorthwest and Martin & Nicholson Environmental Consultants for the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council, with substantial assistance received from local experts including FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake's Executive Director Lynn de Freitas.

From the Executive Summary:

"Policy solutions and investments in water for Great Salt Lake now can prevent future costs to the region. The magnitude of potential consequences, $25.4 billion to $32.6 billion over twenty years, suggests that major interventions are likely warranted. The science review and economic analyses in this study indicate that reduced lake levels at Great Salt Lake are already imposing adverse conditions and economic costs on the regional community and economy. The continued trajectory of declining lake levels will likely only increase the magnitude and expand the categories of costs imposed on Utahns."

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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake, the second most hypersaline Inland Sea in the world, has a fate of becoming even more salty with permanent loss of a large portion of its Bear River fresh water life supply.

    Precious fresh water diverted to support more of the same, the endless expansion of the human race, big box stores, and shopping centers duplicated around the country ruining any future adventure of small town exploration and road trips.

    Everything is becoming the same. Everyone is looking the same. Everyone does the same things. Great Salt Lake is unique and the planet is loosing it as its life blood is stolen from its soft salty shores, waves gently breaking further and further out, leaving vast arrays of dry barren mudflats waiting for phragmites to invade.

    Utah does not own Great Salt Lake. Great Salt Lake is owned by the world.

    Karri Smith, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant

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