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The State and Fate of the Great Salt Lake, Part V

Dane Christensen

A report released earlier this year declared that, if it continues to dry up at its current rate, Great Salt Lake “as we know it will disappear in five years.” So, what can be done to prevent that?

State lawmakers just spent weeks trying to do what they can to save Great Salt Lake. All told, they invested $500 million in Utah’s water resources and passed numerous measures aimed at long term solutions for the lake. But according to Ben Abbott, an ecologist at BYU, lawmakers didn’t go nearly far enough. Abbott’s concerned that Utahns don’t fully comprehend the existential risk of losing the lake, and he joins us to explain what it will take to restore it.

You can read Ben Abbott’s report here.


  • Ben Abbott | is an assistant professor of ecosystem ecology at Brigham Young University. @thermokarst

Airdate: Friday, Mar. 10, 2023 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11 a.m.

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