Great Salt Lake Collaborative

These stories are published through the the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions-based journalism initiative that partners news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake — and what can be done to make a difference before it is too late.

Featured Stories

rainbow above shallow water and brown plants with mountains and clouds behind...
Ben Winslow, Fox13

Great Salt Lake has likely hit its high mark for the year and will start dropping

The Great Salt Lake has likely peaked, reaching its highest water levels of the year and will start dropping again.
13 days ago
A webcam shows a time-lapse of a dust storm passing through the Salt Lake Valley Wednesday, May 17,...
Megan Banta, The Salt Lake Tribune

Great Salt Lake’s drying lakebed isn’t ‘toxic’ or the biggest source of dust, experts say

Experts say The Great Salt Lake isn't the leading cause of dust in Utah. Desert playas where other lakes have already dried up — including the Great Salt Lake Desert to the west of the lake itself — along with gravel operations, construction and drought also cause dust storms.
16 days ago
An undated photo of the cross that Christopher "Kit" Carson left on a rock on Fremont Island in 184...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Why this explorer’s carving on a Great Salt Lake island rock is now on a historic register

A cross that an explorer etched in stone during a tour of the island nearly 181 years ago is now one of the newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places.
18 days ago
water mirroring sky from boat on Great Salt Lake...
Megan Banta, The Salt Lake Tribune

Here’s how much water is flowing to the Great Salt Lake as the snow melts

About 37% more water is flowing into the Great Salt Lake from its tributaries than in a typical year, according to federal data.
28 days ago
Overhead image of the area around the Bear River Massacre Site that includes the Bear River that fl...
Andrew Christiansen, University of Utah student

‘Cultural healing’: Q&A as restoration at Bear River Massacre Site begins

The restoration of Wuda Ogwa, the site near Preston, Idaho, along the banks of the Bear River, where the Bear River Massacre happened, is underway by the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.
29 days ago
A portion of western Weber County has been selected as an area for a possible inland port. Nearby h...
Mike Anderson and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

Massive inland port project targets western Weber County, concerning residents, environmental groups

A portion of western Weber County has been selected as an area for a possible inland port. Nearby homeowners and environmentalist groups are not pleased.
1 month ago
The Lucin Cutoff is seen in a flight over the Great Salt Lake on April 9. The Great Salt Lake's sou...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Great Salt Lake’s southern arm reaches ‘significant’ level as spring rise slows down

The Great Salt Lake's southern arm has reached a "significant" level before the lake's expected summer drop.
1 month ago
American white pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, in the marshes of Farmington Bay, Great Salt La...
Alex Cabrero

‘It is very exciting’: Pelicans return to Hat Island on the Great Salt Lake

There's something happening on a small island in the Great Salt Lake.. that hasn't happened since 1943.
1 month ago
An American white pelican splashes down at Farmington Bay on May 17, 2020. Over 1,000 pelicans are ...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Pelicans return to nest at Great Salt Lake island for 1st time in 81 years

About 1,300 American white pelicans were found nesting on Utah's Great Salt Lake's Hat Island during a survey that state wildlife biologists conducted last week.
1 month ago
Hay bales used for dust mitigation in a Salton Sea Management Program project are pictured on appro...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

As Great Salt Lake nears key level, Utah finds inspiration elsewhere to help lake’s recovery

The Great Salt Lake's southern arm reached 4,195 feet elevation at times over the stormy weekend as it nears reaching that figure daily for the first time in five years.
2 months ago
The Bear River pictured on April 24, 2024. On the topic of the Bear River's resources for water in ...
Mike Anderson and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

‘Sacrifices’ will need to be made from Bear River water supply to help Great Salt Lake

With the Bear River serving so many different purposes in the state of Utah, agricultural producers are trying to make sure their uses for the river aren't forgotten as lawmakers discuss the preservation of the Great Salt Lake.
2 months ago
A view of the Great Salt Lake from Fruit Heights on January 20, 2023. (Lisa Ward)...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How much will the Great Salt Lake rise? State to offer a reward if you guess it correctly

Levels at the Great Salt Lake are higher now than at any point in the past five years, and those who are tasked with overseeing its level believe it will rise about another foot in the coming weeks.
2 months ago
The Willard Spillway sending water to the Great Salt Lake....
Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Large amounts of water sent to Great Salt Lake ahead of spring runoff

While Utah did not have a record water year this year, water managers say there is so much water that some is being sent into the Great Salt Lake.
2 months ago
Crews started to burn invasive phragmites Friday....
Mike Anderson

Firefighters burn invasive phragmites in Ogden Bay

Crews started to burn 2,000 acres of invasive phragmites in the Ogden Bay Wildlife Management Area Friday.
2 months ago
Great Salt Lake raises...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How a productive March changed Great Salt Lake’s spring outlook

The Great Salt Lake was already expected to receive a strong boost from this year's snowpack, but projected inflows are now expected to be a bit larger after a productive round of March storms.
2 months ago
University of Utah researchers searching the sands and waters of the Great Salt lake for samples....
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Finding nematodes: New species in Great Salt Lake changes its known ecosystem

Utah researchers say finding a new species in the Great Salt Lake is "transformative," leading to new questions about the lake's ecosystem they hope to answer.
3 months ago
Utah's above-normal snowpack at Snowbird...
Cary Schwanitz

February snow totals guarantee above-normal snowpack, Great Salt Lake level increases

The above normal snowpack in February will add water to the Great Salt Lake.
4 months ago
This week, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation announced a $2.2 million donation to water conse...
Karah Brackin

Miller family to donate $2.2 million in water conservation efforts in Utah

This week, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation announced a $2.2 million donation to water conservation efforts in Utah.
4 months ago
Utah Lake water release...
Alex Cabrero

Utah Lake release sends 300 million gallons of water a day into the Great Salt Lake

The Utah Lake control gates in Saratoga Springs opened Thursday morning to release water into the Great Salt Lake.
4 months ago
(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)
Dust lingers after OHVs drove by in West Shores, Calif., on Friday, D...
Saige Miller, KUER

Lakebed dust is a worry in Utah. For California’s Salton Sea, it’s a full-blown problem

Like the Great Salt Lake, there are toxins in the sediment of an exposed lake bed in California.
4 months ago
Great Salt Lake bed...
Mike Anderson

Dust from Great Salt Lake helps algal blooms thrive, study finds

A new study is putting a large part of the blame for algal blooms on blowing dust.
5 months ago
Sign showcasing information about the Great Sale Lake Shorelands preserve....
Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News

Invasive phragmites are needlessly sucking water out of Great Salt Lake

An invasive plant species is using excessive water around the Great Salt Lake.
5 months ago
A sail boat on the Great Salt Lake...
Carter WIlliams, KSL.com

Should the Great Salt Lake be considered a person? Group says yes, Utah bill says no

A bill passed the senate which prohibits legislation from giving extra rights to the Great Salt Lake.
5 months ago
Hundreds of people are calling on the legislature to take bolder steps to protect the Great Salt La...
Brianna Chavez

Hundreds rally, calling on legislature to ‘Save our Great Salt Lake’

Hundreds of people are calling on the legislature to take bolder steps to protect the Great Salt Lake.
5 months ago

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