Jamie Barnes

Sovereign Lands Program Administrator

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Bio:

Jamie Barnes is the Sovereign Lands Program Administrator for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, which manages Utah's sovereign lands or those lands found to be navigable at the time of statehood. Jamie has been with the Division for 9 years. Prior to becoming the Sovereign Lands Program Administrator Jamie served as the Division Paralegal and Mineral Analyst focusing on complex legal issues while also working with state, local, and federal governments and industry leaders on the many issues that surround our natural resources. Being a Utah native, Jamie finds great pride in the opportunity to be a part of great agency and work with a great group of stakeholders that understand the importance of Utah's natural resources.    

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.

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Why We Care

  • At twilight a wild and thrilling spectacle. . . . Dim and pale, the moon, the ghost of a dead world, lifted above the distant Wasatch peaks and stared at the acrid waters of a dead sea.

    Alfred Lambourne, Our Inland Sea, 1887