News & Events

Bird Treaty Centennial Highlights Importance of Great Salt Lake

18 August 2016
British and American leaders signed the Migratory Bird Treaty a century ago.  These days the Great Salt Lake plays an important role in carrying out the mission of that international treaty. Read more or listen here. 

Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium

02 August 2016
Abstracts due August 5, 2016 for Salt Lake County's 10th Annual Watershed Symposium. 

Westminster Chemistry Professor Awarded $100K to Solve Lake's Mercury Mystery

01 August 2016
SALT LAKE CITY – A portion of Great Salt Lake has disappeared and a Westminster professor suspects it may hold the key to an even bigger lake mystery. Is the lake’s deep brine layer the source of its toxic methylmercury levels? Read more here.    

Algae Bloom May Spur New Interest In Solving Utah's Nutrient Problems

22 July 2016
http://kuer.org/post/algae-bloom-may-spur-new-interest-solving-utahs-nutrient-problems

Utah Lake algal bloom moving into Jordan River

20 July 2016
State officials have begun sampling the Jordan River and wetlands near Great Salt Lake in Davis County. The Central Davis Sewer District, which is involved in an ongoing effort to study the Great Salt Lake, plans to collect samples from Farmington Bay on Wednesday and share that data with the…

Drying Lake Bed Contributes to Utah's Air Quality Problems

19 July 2016
Our friends and Energy & Environment News recently published this update on Great Salt Lake. This is part five of their Dead Sea series. Recent estimpates report, "At least 550 square miles of lake bed is now dry, an area five times the size of Owens Lake -- the site…
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Why We Care

  • To travelers so long shut among the mountain ranges a sudden view over the expanse of silent waters had in it something sublime. Several large islands raised their rocky heads out of the waves. . . . Then, a storm burst down with sudden fury upon the lake, and entirely hid the islands from our view.

    John C. Fremont, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1845