Great Salt Lake Coordinator
Utah Division of Water Quality
Jake coordinates the Utah Division of Water Quality’s Great Salt Lake water quality and freshwater lake assessment programs. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northern Michigan University and an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University. Jake joined DWQ in 2015 following work as a research associate at Utah State University.
Title: The Great Salt Lake Salinity Advisory Committee
Abstract: Recent modifications to the Union Pacific Railroad causeway in conjunction with near-record low water levels in Great Salt Lake have raised many questions and concerns about the long-term transfer of salt and water through the causeway and potential impacts from changing salinity in the lake. The Great Salt Lake Salinity Advisory Committee (SAC) was first formed in 2017 with the objective of providing recommendations for long-term management of water and salt transfer through the Union Pacific Railroad causeway and long-term management of the salinity of Great Salt Lake. This presentation will describe the genesis of the SAC, its members, its goals and objectives, and its roadmap going forward.