Executive Director's Message

Great Salt Lake in the time of Godzilla

27 April 2020
“It really does all start today.” –Jeff Denbleyker, Project Manager and Water Resources Engineer, Jacobs March 22: It was time to take a break from Zoom meetings, conference calls, emails and other online work. Time to take a break from vacuuming behind all of these books on bookshelves and weeding…

If Wishes Were Brine Shrimp, Legacy Parkway Would Remain a Beacon of Transportation Inspiration and Community Connectivity Not Just Another Freeway

22 November 2019
“This is an exciting day for our state, with tremendous positive impact for the state’s economy, the environment and its transportation system.” -Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signing the agreement in principle on the Legacy Parkway, September 21, 2005 (Deseret News 9/22/2005 Legacy Parkway Gets Green Light) On January 1, 2020, the Legacy…

The Great Salt Lake Geopolitical Landscape, Water, and the Shapes of Things to Come 

03 June 2019
The Great Salt Lake Geopolitical Landscape, Water, and the Shapes of Things to Come  “Order! Order! Order!” – Betty Boothroid, first female Speaker of the British House of Commons, 1992-2000 Has it been that long ago since the gavel-to-gavel 63rd Legislative Session occurred? It seems like only yesterday that the…

Proposal for Union Pacific Railroad Communal Track to Serve Promontory Point Industries Lacks Necessary Details and Raises Red Flags

26 November 2018
Proposal for Union Pacific Railroad Communal Track to Serve Promontory Point Industries Lacks Necessary Details and Raises Red Flags “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” The Wizard of Oz On August 7th, 2018, the Union Pacific Railroad (Union Pacific) submitted partial information to the Army Corps of…

The Responsibility to Sustain the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem in Perpetuity Falls Squarely on the Shoulders of the State of Utah

25 July 2018
Executive Director's Message – Summer 2018 “The Lake is as essential to who we are and what we are as anything. When Great Salt Lake is in peril, the state is in peril. “ –Warren Peterson, State Water Strategy Advisory Team Co-chair  On March 23, 2018, water right application No.…

The Beat Goes On – And So Must We With Our Continuing Vigilance to Protect Great Salt Lake

04 May 2018
Executive Director's Message – Spring 2018 “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into. “ Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel (Laurel & Hardy) On February 16, 2018 – just short of a year into the process – Promontory Point Resources LLC (PPR) withdrew its application for a Class V Permit,…

Adjacent Land Use Matters for Great Salt Lake

20 December 2017
Winter 2018 -Executive Director’s Message- “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”             - The Lorax The lay of the land- Less than 20 miles from Gunnison Island, a protected sanctuary for the third largest…

On the Water Front of Great Salt Lake - Taking the Initiative to Identify Ways to Provide Water for the Lake is the Right Thing to Do

20 December 2017
Executive Director’s Message – Summer 2017  “Great Salt Lake is an important resource and provides so many ecological, biological, economic and recreational opportunities that we cannot ignore it much longer. Climate change and our current hydrologic cycle may be our new normal. If so, we will all have to learn…

Winter 2016: Great Salt Lake – A Body of Work that Must be Included in our Vision for Utah’s Water Future

02 March 2017
Executive Director’s Message – Winter 2017 Great Salt Lake – A Body of Work that Must be Included in our Vision for Utah’s Water Future “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it!” -The 44th President of the United States - Barack Obama in his final address to the American people…

Fall 2016: Pinch Points on the System from Record Low Elevations Require Critical Timing and Water to Address Important Ecosystem Services of Great Salt Lake

04 November 2016
Current GSL Lake elevation : Gilbert Bay/South Arm 4,192.29’ Gunnison Bay/North Arm 4,189 ’ “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me during my recent trip to Utah to discuss the profound environmental challenges facing the Great Salt Lake. It was a pleasure to tour the Great Salt…

Spring 2016: Great Salt Lake - The Gift That Keeps on Giving – Just Add Water

04 May 2016
“ He (Farooq Azam) turned and looked up at the peak in front of him. “Once I do that (find out what is happening to the Chhota Shigri Glacier in the Himalayan peaks of Northern India) the next step will be to decide what has to be done. But these…

Fall 2015: Finding “Here” at Great Salt Lake - No Matter Where you Go – There You Are

17 November 2015
“God, how I long to go out West again someday – to drive some blue highway in Nevada or Utah until there’s absolutely nothing around me, then stop the car, in the middle of the road, maybe, and get out and just stand there, where I can see the horizon…
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Why We Care

  • I am alone in this place. I can see for miles in every direction and I am utterly alone. The beauty seeps into my soul in the stillness and I am cured of ailments I don't even realize I have.

    Douglas Havens, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant