2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum
Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great
May 9 - 11 | University of Utah Officers Club
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2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum:
Lake Elevated: Keeping the Lake Great

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May 9 - 11, 2018

University of Utah Officers Club

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Every two years, FRIENDS hosts the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum. The goal of the forum is to encourage constructive dialogue about the future of the Lake’s ecosystem and its resources, and to illuminate the complexities involved in research, management, and planning for the Lake. But we also explore Great Salt Lake from many different angles and in many different contexts – far beyond its resource development potential – to emphasize its ecological value as well as its intrinsic value, a value that has contributed to our history, culture, and spirit.

The continuing trend toward record low elevations of Great Salt Lake and concerns about our projected population growth and water needs for the future have helped provide a catalyst for a variety of activities and reports that are being generated that focus on water and Lake elevations. The Great Salt Lake Advisory Council’s support for developing a report Water for Great Salt Lake, and the July 2017 Recommended State Water Strategy presented to Governor Herbert to help inform his 50-yr state water plan are exciting examples. The time is ripe to bring people together at the 2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum to engage in timely and productive discussions about Utah’s water future and how Great Salt Lake fits into that picture. As always, in addition to focusing on the science, issues and complexities of managing Great Salt Lake, FRIENDS will be bringing in resources from the region and the hemisphere to help us recognize how unique and critical our Lake is in that context. 

We hope you’ll join us for this briny gather.

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Why We Care

  • Several years ago I was enchanted by Alfred Lambourne’s romanticized paintings of the Great Salt Lake, so began my own quest to explore its islands and capture what I saw in quick, plein air, oil sketches.

    I made many day-trips to Black Rock and spent a significant amount of time camping on Stansbury and Antelope Islands, climbing their trails and swimming in their bays. My paintings became my diary as I observed the changing light and shadow on the rocks and water. The brine flies and gnats often hovered over my shoulder anxious to immortalize themselves in the sticky colorful oil paint.

    Kirk Henrichsen, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant