New Study: Bear River Bay is critically important resource The Great Salt Lake faces the greatest threat of our generation Join the fight! Impact: Limited Recreation Access Impact: Diminished Air Quality
New Study: Bear River Bay is critically important resource A new report highlights the abundant wildlife and critical habitat in  Bear River Bay, with particular focus on areas in the impact zone of the proposed Great Salt Lake Minerals expansion.  Download the report.
The Great Salt Lake faces the greatest threat of our generation The Great Salt Lake Minerals company is proposing a massive expansion of its operations. While some extraction from the Lake is reasonable, this expansion is far more than the Lake can bear. The proposal would increase the company’s footprint by 91,000 acres—a 194% increase over current operations.
Join the fight! The Great Salt Lake is Utah’s most iconic landmark. But more importantly, it’s an internationally important ecosystem, which supports myriad bird species. But the Lake now faces an enormous threat.  Please donate to help the fight.  And keep up-to-date with the latest new here at www.keepthelakegreat.org.
Impact: Limited Recreation Access Already, low lake levels make the Salt Lake Marina virtually useless. Reducing lake levels even further would make many areas of the lake unnavigable by boaters and close down the last remaining marina. Hunters and birdwatchers would have limited access and fewer birds to see.
Impact: Diminished Air Quality Already Utah has some of the worst particulate air pollution in the nation, and dust storms create a real public health problem for parts of Davis and Weber counties. Enormous new areas of dry lake bed could dramatically worsen particulates in the air we breathe.

Several conservation groups seeking to protect the Great Salt Lake have filed a lawsuit against the State of Utah’s Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.  The action, filed in Utah’s Third District Court, asks that the groups be given a fair hearing to dispute land leases given to the Great Salt Lake Minerals company for a major expansion of its operations.  The suit contends the Division has failed to uphold the public trust and manage the lake in the best interests of all the people of Utah.  So far, the Division has refused to recognize the groups as having a legitimate voice in representing the public.

The filing was noted in a recent Salt Lake Tribune story.  For those interested in the details, you can download the 66 page filing.

 

The Coalition to Keep the Lake Great recently sponsored the publication of “Patterns of Change: Documenting Habitat, Bird and Human Use in Bear River Bay, Particularly the Great Salt Lake Minerals Proposed Expansion Area” by Nicole Anderson. Nicole’s paper highlights the importance of the Bear River Bay Ecosystem and discusses the potential threats posed by the proposed expansion of Great Salt Lake Minerals. Read the paper The team also created an excellent video to give the visual perspective.

 

Ted Williams has written a compelling overview of the dire circumstances surrounding the Great Salt Lake Minerals company expansion.  You can read the article, published in Audubon Magazine, by visiting the Audubon website.

If you’re moved by Ted’s story, please donate to the fight!

 

Anyone with an in-depth desire to help protect the Great Salt Lake will be interested in this year’s Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, which runs April 28-30th. Get more info at www.greatsaltlakeissues.org.

 
 

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