October 21, 2022

Salt Lake Tribune: Should companies stop siphoning away the Great Salt Lake until it refills?

Keeping water in the beleaguered lake matters more than any single industry, commenters from Ogden to Saratoga Springs argued.

By Leia Larsen | Oct. 20, 2022, 2:55 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 21, 2022, 10:11 a.m.

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As US Magnesium presses forward with securing permits to extend its intake canals, dozens showed up at a public meeting Wednesday to rally in defense of the Great Salt Lake.

The lake’s advocates included sailors and skiers, students and small business owners. Some traced their Utah roots back to the Mormon pioneers, while others were recent transplants from California and the Midwest. Some represented environmental groups like FRIENDS of the Great Salt Lake, the Audubon Society and HEAL Utah. Others simply represented themselves and their families. They all shared a common message — the Great Salt Lake is in trouble, and allowing an industry to siphon away more of its water is a terrible idea.

“The best available science we have shows that the impacts on the lake from this project would be devastating, long-lasting and possibly irreversible,” said Rose Smith, board president of FRIEND of Great Salt Lake, at one point moved to tears during her comments.

The meeting was hosted by the Utah Division of Water Quality, which must sign off on US Magnesium’s project and ensure it doesn’t violate the federal Clean Water Act.

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