Great Salt Lake water level remains low

Map of the Great Salt Lake

Last summer, the water level in the Great Salt Lake in Utah — the largest saltwater lake in the Western hemisphere — dropped to a historic low.  Drought and other factors have contributed to the problem, which affects recreational boating, migrating birds like pelicans, and pollution in the form of arsenic-laced dust blowing around.

Fox 13 reports that the trend is continuing.  The lake is currently at 56% of its normal size.  “Great Salt Lake is six feet lower right now than it normally would be. While it’s slightly above the lowest-ever level reached late in 2021, it’s setting calendar day record lows on a consistent basis,” the news website reports.  750 square miles of lake bed are exposed.

Lake Powell, also in Utah, is at a historic low.

 

Image Source:
Wikimedia Commons – Map of the Great Salt Lake in the Northern part of Utah in the Western United States of America by Jhbdel.

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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