Great Salt Lake water level remains low

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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 reportsOpens in a new tab..  750 square miles of lake bed are exposed.

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

 

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Wikimedia Commons – Map of the Great Salt LakeOpens in a new tab. in the Northern part of Utah in the Western United States of America by Jhbdel.

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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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