Experts warning Salt Lake could disappear in 5 years


Luke 21:36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Important Takeaways:

  • More than 200k on red alert as toxic dust from Great Salt Lake to make area uninhabitable
  • Salt Lake City’s 200,000 strong population faces an environmental crisis, as water levels in the Great Salt Lake recede.
  • Experts have told Daily Express US about the looming disaster, as the falling water levels could release toxic dust.
  • Laura Briefer, director of Salt Lake City’s public utilities department, said: “As the lake dries up, the lake bed itself dries, and contributes to air quality problems as the dust becomes airborne.
  • “The lake bed contains high level of arsenic that, in addition to the dust, causes health concerns.”
  • The growing situation has led to a group of experts and scientists declaring an emergency in a report (GSL report 2023), warning that the once-largest lake in the West could vanish in just five years.
  • “Examples from around the world show that saline lake loss triggers a long-term cycle of environmental, health, and economic suffering,” they wrote
  • “We are in an all-hands-on-deck emergency.”
  • “But this means addressing the problem through policy and water law, which takes time and is messy. In the western US, water allocations are governed by 19th Century homesteading policies.
  • “It’s challenging to get people to give up their right to water for irrigating their family farm, for example.
  • “The state of Utah is working on incentives to help farmers cope in hopes this will encourage them to release water.”

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