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Legislative Action Alert SB250

09 March 2020
The undersigned organizations oppose SB 250 Needs Assessment Amendments (Sen. Anderegg) and urge you to vote against this bill. This bill appears to be written for the Promontory Point Resources (PPR) solid waste landfill and is intended to work around the needs assessment requirement currently in state law that PPR…

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…
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  • To travelers so long shut among the mountain ranges a sudden view over the expanse of silent waters had in it something sublime. Several large islands raised their rocky heads out of the waves. . . . Then, a storm burst down with sudden fury upon the lake, and entirely hid the islands from our view.

    John C. Fremont, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1845