Impact of Low Water on GSL Ecosystems and Economy

08 September 2016 Published in News & Events

Low water on the Great Salt Lake is raising concern. The worries are economic and ecological as the water dips close to the lowest level it’s ever been.

Companies that mine minerals and salt from the Great Salt Lake have spent millions of dollars so far to adapt to the low water.

But it’s brine shrimp and birds causing the most worry right now.

 

Lynn de Freitas, director of FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake, points out that the lake has a $1.3 billion impact on the state’s economy.

“The lake belongs to all of us,” de Freitas . We all have a stake in this claim, and we should make our concerns heard.”

 

Read the whole story here.

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Why We Care

  • The lake is elemental. It seems to arise from creation itself, the embodiment of Aristotle's classical concept of matter and the universe: earth, air, fire, and water. Seen in this ethereal light -- the gloom of dusk lit by fiery sunlight, alien and snow-covered, leaking water and struggling to exist -- it connects to secret and ancient things. Aristotle's insight may have come to him in a dream, and the dream surely looked like this.

    Thomas Horton, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant