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University to monitor air near Great Salt Lake

Published May 1, 2009 8:27 am

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The Davis County Commission has approved an agreement with the University of Utah to allow the school to install an air-sampling monitor in a parking lot near the Antelope Island causeway entrance.

The county is getting $500 to host the monitor, which the university's meteorology department hopes will offer a better understanding of how mercury is entering the Great Salt Lake.

Davis County Property Manager Tony Thompson says the monitor will gather readings away from populated areas.

Thompson says the lease of the parking stall for the monitor will last four years.

Mercury that is deposited in lakes becomes methylmercury, a dangerous neurotoxin that can lead to fish consumption and waterfowl consumption advisories.