Cory Angeroth

Hydrologist -USGS Utah Water Science Center

U.S. Geological Survey


Cory Angeroth is a Hydrologist with the USGS Utah Water Science Center and has led the water data collection activities for the Center since 2005. In this position he is responsible for the operation of over 150 streamgages, groundwater data collection from nearly 1,000 wells, and over 1,000 water quality samples collected annually. Prior to his current position, Cory was the chief of the Yuma, AZ USGS Field Office which operates streamgages on the lower Colorado River from Davis Dam to the border with Mexico. Cory also worked extensively on a USGS study in Pinal Creek, AZ that advanced the science of acid mine drainage and has authored and co-authored reports on surface water flow, ground water flow, water quality, and lakes and reservoirs. Cory received his degree in Hydrology and Water Resources from the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. His passion for large bodies of water comes from a childhood spent on the shore of Storm Lake, IA and a 2 year tour of the world’s oceans, courtesy of the United States Navy.

Panelist: Union Pacific Railroad Causeway Bridge Construction - Where are we Today? And Where are we Going in the Future?

8:55-10:20am - Friday, May 13th

Title: The Opening of the Breach: A Unique Experiment and Window into the Flow Dynamics and Chemistry of Great Salt Lake

Abstract: The United States Geological Survey has been studying and monitoring Great Salt Lake for over 100 years. In that time, the lake has changed significantly.  Currently, the removal of the culverts in the causeway, that has divided the lake since 1959, is preventing significant transfer of water between the north and south parts of the lake. These culverts are being replaced by a new breach that will soon be opened. This is a unique “experiment” from which we can learn a tremendous amount about the dynamics of the lake.  Once the new breach is opened, the second part of the “experiment” will allow us to learn about the physical and chemical dynamics of the lake as the brines from the two arms mix and the deep brine layer is reestablished.  Chemical and ecological processes will also reestablish and monitoring this event will provide valuable information for future management.