Bills are introduced to save the Great Salt Lake

Reversing the Great Salt Lake’s decline was a priority for the Legislature and Governor Spencer Cox.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hundreds gather Saturday, January 14, 2023 for a “Rally to Save Our Great Salt Lake” at the Salt Lake City Capitol.

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

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

“The lake that 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 all count on the lake in one way or another.”

The Utah Rivers Council also supports Rep. Joel Briscoe’s House Bill 286, which delves into funding for water infrastructure to help the Great Salt Lake. The bill diverts money from the Lake Powell pipeline and the Bear River project to the Great Salt Lake over the next five years.

Read more at Fox13Now.com.

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/01/25/bills-begin-be-introduced-save/ Bills are introduced to save the Great Salt Lake

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