2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum
Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great
May 9 - 11 | University of Utah Officers Club
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2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum:
Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great

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May 9 - 11, 2018

University of Utah Officers Club

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Every two years, FRIENDS hosts the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum. The goal of the forum is to encourage constructive dialogue about the future of the Lake’s ecosystem and its resources, and to illuminate the complexities involved in research, management, and planning for the Lake. But we also explore Great Salt Lake from many different angles and in many different contexts – far beyond its resource development potential – to emphasize its ecological value as well as its intrinsic value, a value that has contributed to our history, culture, and spirit.

The continuing trend toward record low elevations of Great Salt Lake and concerns about our projected population growth and water needs for the future have helped provide a catalyst for a variety of activities and reports that are being generated that focus on water and Lake elevations. The Great Salt Lake Advisory Council’s support for developing a report Water for Great Salt Lake, and the July 2017 Recommended State Water Strategy presented to Governor Herbert to help inform his 50-yr state water plan are exciting examples. The time is ripe to bring people together at the 2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum to engage in timely and productive discussions about Utah’s water future and how Great Salt Lake fits into that picture. As always, in addition to focusing on the science, issues and complexities of managing Great Salt Lake, FRIENDS will be bringing in resources from the region and the hemisphere to help us recognize how unique and critical our Lake is in that context. 

We hope you’ll join us for this briny gather.

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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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