News & Events

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake's International Coastal Cleanup

18 September 2018
FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake hosted the regional participation of The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, September 15, over 60 volunteers removed 2,444.4 lbs. of trash and debris from the shoreline of our inland sea. Thanks to generous sponsorships from Autoliv and BudgetDumpster, FRIENDS was able to expand…

Survey: Regional Water Efficiency

12 September 2018
The Utah Division of Water Resources is engaged in a study to determine water efficiency potential by region. The result of this study will be new  regional and statewide water efficiency goals. Your, and your community's, input is an important part of this process. Please fill out the following survey…

Utah Cities Facing a Water Shortage Spurred, In Part, By Overwatering

27 July 2018
By Taylor Stevens, Salt Lake Tribune Early Tuesday morning, Paul Hirst received a call with “unprecedented” news: Twenty-five million gallons of water had been drained from one of the Benchland Irrigation Water District’s reservoirs overnight, leaving it empty for the first time anyone working there can remember. A water shortage,…

A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.

17 July 2018
Louis Sahagun, LA Times When dust storms began rising off the dry bed of Owens Lake, authorities in the Eastern Sierra blamed Los Angeles’ thirst. The city had, after all, drained the lake in the 1920s to serve its faucets. Now, as dust kicks up from Mono Lake, authorities in…

Lake Bonneville Geologic Conference this October

05 July 2018
Lake Bonneville Geologic Conference October 3-4, 2018 Lake Bonneville Geologic Short Course October 5-6, 2018 The conference and short course will be held at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Auditorium at 1594 West North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference will be open to the geologic community. The conference…

A Recipe For Extreme Organisms

28 June 2018
By Brian Switek Look at the Great Salt Lake and you might think of the vast body of water as lifeless. That’s far from the truth, of course. Not only is the Great Salt Lake home to an incredible number of brine shrimp - fodder for migrating birds looking to…
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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake is a unique place in the Western Hemisphere because large concentrations of birds visit there… The disappearance of Great Salt Lake wetlands could mean the disappearance of whole species of birds.

    Gonzalo Castro, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network