Salt Lake City is considering zoning changes to allow extensive warehouse development in the Northpoint community (northeast of the airport), similar to the inland port warehouse development occurring west of the airport.

This proposal would degrade critical habitat for vulnerable migratory birds, contribute to air pollution that disproportionately affects Westside communities, and displace current residents.

At the Salt Lake City Planning Commission meeting on January 11, many community members and conservation leaders spoke in opposition of this zoning change. The Commission voted to table the upzoning proposal until the Salt Lake City Council votes on the new Northpoint Small Area Master Plan. This City Council meeting will be the next opportunity for community members to comment, and we'll share more details as they become available.

Click here to read the comment submitted by our Executive Director, Lynn de Freitas.

You can also sign this petition opposing the upzoning.

Learn more about the Northpoint Warehouse District proposal here.

Published in News and Events
November 23, 2021

Utah Inland Port

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A rail spur is in the works for a Tooele satellite port. Opponents worry about Great Salt Lake.

The project could bisect “endangered” wetlands, connecting with an industrial park that has ties to Sen. Mitt Romney’s son.

Salt Lake Tribune | By Leia Larsen | Nov. 23, 2021, 7:00 a.m. | Updated: 9:37 a.m.

Opinion: The Great Salt Lake will die unless we act soon

We need to realize that our water credit line is overdrawn, and the lake is calling the loan due

Deseret News | By Lynn de Freitas | Nov 12, 2021, 12:03am MST

Utah Inland Port board votes to issue up to $150M in bonds, despite questions about how to pay the debt

Salt Lake City’s board members question the rush to take on the debt, given uncertainty looming over the port’s revenue and ability to repay.

Salt Lake Tribune | By Leia Larsen | Oct. 12, 2021, 7:14 a.m.


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Published in Advocacy Issues
November 23, 2020

Air Quality

Lake Dust & Air Quality

Great Salt Lake’s lowering lake levels mean more of the lakebed is exposed. The lakebed is made of fine silts and salts, which are easily carried by the wind into the Wasatch Front’s air. These particles also carry heavy metals.

Communities from Brigham City to Salt Lake are experiencing episodes of very poor air quality and conditions are forecasted to worsen as Great Salt Lake’s water levels are further reduced.

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is committed to supporting conservation actions that keep water in Great Salt Lake and our air healthy.

In 2016, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake awarded the Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship to Derek Mallia, Ph.D. student, University of Utah for his research on "The Impacts of a Shrinking Great Salt Lake on Future Air Quality."

Published in Advocacy Issues