Air

Lake Dust & Air Quality

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."

Air Quality will also be addressed at the 2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum: Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great to be held May 9, 10 & 11 2018 at the University of Utah Officers Club. Please join us!

 

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Why We Care

  • It is a desert of water in a desert of salt and mud and rock, one of the most desolate and desolately beautiful of regions. Its sunsets, seen across water that reflects like polished metal, are incredible. Its colors are of a staring, chemical purity. The senses are rubbed raw by its moonlike horizons, its mirages, its parching air, its moody and changeful atmosphere.

    Wallace Stegner, "Dead Heart of the West" in American Places, 1981