Climate Change In Salt Lake City

If the Great Salt Lake, which has already shrunk by two-thirds, continues to dry up, here’s what’s in store:

The lake’s flies and brine shrimp would die off — scientists warn it could start as soon as this summer — threatening the 10 million migratory birds that stop at the lake annually to feed on the tiny creatures. Ski conditions at the resorts above Salt Lake City, a vital source of revenue, would deteriorate. The lucrative extraction of magnesium and other minerals from the lake could stop.

Most alarming, the air surrounding Salt Lake City would occasionally turn poisonous. The lake bed contains high levels of arsenic and as more of it becomes exposed, wind storms carry that arsenic into the lungs of nearby residents, who make up three-quarters of Utah’s population.…

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There’s been a lot of press on this issue…agree the most alarming is the toxic air potential. Would certainly be sad if the migratory birds lost this habitat for sure.

I moved to Utah 25 years ago, and remember my first trip out to Antelope Island. Not too busy back than and the water was full both sides of the causeway and the walk to the water in the beach area was less than 100 yards (probably a couple thousand feet now).