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The Plan to Save Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake Marina
Jim Hill
Great Salt Lake Marina

A new plan to protect Great Salt Lake was recently released. This one has the endorsement of Utah’s most powerful political leaders. But does it have what it will take to save the lake?

Brian Steed was appointed last year to coordinate the state’s efforts regarding the lake, and it was his job to oversee the development of a strategic plan to bring the lake back into balance. Among other things, it establishes a target healthy water level for the ailing lake, details a strategy for getting there and sets a timeline for doing so. BYU ecologist Ben Abbott is encouraged by Steed’s proposal. The big question, he says, is will state leaders follow through? Abbott and Steed join us as we examine the plan to save Great Salt Lake.

You can read the Great Salt Lake Strategic Plan here.


  • Ben Abbott | Assistant professor of ecosystem ecology at Brigham Young University. 
  • Brian Steed | Great Salt Lake Commissioner and Executive Director, Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water & Air at Utah State University.

Air date: Feb. 1, 2024 at 9 a.m. and Feb. 3, 2024 at 11 a.m.