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

  • The whole environment of Great Salt Lake is a place of wonder. Life abounds in water, on islands, and about the marshland edges where migratory birds find refuge during long flights north and south. It is also a source of income for companies around its rim (unfortunately). Challenges for the Lake today are balancing acts. We must continue to foster the generous gifts the Lake provides for wildlife, community, and visitors as well as make peace with the human intrusions that threaten not only the Lake’s beauty, but also its very existence as the bountiful center of a thriving community along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

    Maurine Haltiner, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant