Bills begin to be introduced to save the Great Salt Lake

Reversing the Great Salt Lake’s declines has been a priority of the legislature and Governor Spencer Cox.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hundreds gather for a "Rally to Save Our Great Salt Lake" at the Capitol building in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.

A series of bills are being introduced designed to save the Great Salt Lake.

At a news conference, the environmental group Utah Rivers Council announced its support for a pending resolution from Sen. Nate Blouin, D-Salt Lake City, setting a goal level for the Great Salt Lake. Right now, the Great Salt Lake is at 4,190 feet. His resolution would set a goal of 4,198 feet.

“The lake we know is an economic and environmental anchor for the region,” Sen. Blouin told reporters on Wednesday. “It supports billions of dollars in economic impact, millions of migratory birds and thousands of jobs. We’re all counting on the lake in one way or another.”

The Utah Rivers Council is also supporting Rep. Joel Briscoe’s House Bill 286, which dips into water infrastructure funding to help the Great Salt Lake. The bill diverts money from the Lake Powell Pipeline and Bear River Project toward the Great Salt Lake over the next five years.

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