Environews, Environews, Minis

Environews: Great Salt Lake drying up

By Amy Brunvand

Great Salt Lake reached another historic low level in October.

In order to keep Great Salt Lake from turning into a toxic dust bowl, the Bear River has to keep flowing into it, but a proposed multi-million dollar Bear River Development Project would divert 20% of the Bear River as municipal water for the Wasatch Front.

The problem is, we live in a desert. We can’t squander Bear River water and also have a functioning Great Salt Lake ecosystem with migratory birds, boating, brine shrimp, lake-effect snow and all that good stuff.

A new Bear River Coalition, led by the Utah Rivers Council, is leading efforts to save the Bear River and Great Salt Lake.

Bear River Coalition: savethebearriver.org


Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian who currently works in the University of Utah Sustainability Office, coordinating sustainability education, research and initiatives at the University.

This article was originally published on December 5, 2016.