January 10, 2024 (Salt Lake City) – The Great Salt Lake Strike Team, which brings together the technical expertise of Utah state government agencies and research universities, today shared data and insights to help decision-makers during the 2024 General Legislative Session. The new report, Great Salt Lake Data and Insights Summary, makes clear that no single solution will cure the lake, data and modeling investments will make a significant difference, and water shepherding is critical to raising water levels in the lake.
“Restoring Great Salt Lake to health will not be a one-year, one-policy, one-constituency solution,” said Brian Steed, who co-chairs the Strike Team and serves as Great Salt Lake Commissioner. “Rather, a coordinated, data-driven approach will be necessary so decision-makers can evaluate tradeoffs and balance competing interests. The Strike Team makes this possible by providing authoritative, accurate, and current information about the lake’s past, present, and potential future.”
The report provides a summary of the 2023 water year and shares data and insights about reservoir storage, salinity, temperature, precipitation, streamflow and natural flow, runoff efficiency, human water use, mineral extraction, future water availability, and conservation planning. Among the most interesting findings are the following:
- Impact of the 2023 water year – The 2023 water year contributed a significant amount of water to the Great Salt Lake Basin. Paired with emergency measures like raising the adaptive management berm, the daily elevation of the