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