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Utah House Speaker bringing back second annual Great Salt Lake Summit

Jul 27, 2022, 5:36 PM | Updated: 9:33 pm
FILE: Low water levels are pictured in the Great Salt Lake near Tooele County on Wednesday, Jan. 5,...
FILE: Low water levels are pictured in the Great Salt Lake near Tooele County on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Kristin Murphy/ Deseret News)
(Kristin Murphy/ Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, says he’s bringing back the Great Salt Lake Summit this October.

This would be the second Great Salt Lake Summit, the first was held in January. Wilson said the date is slated for Oct. 13.

“(At the first one) that’s really where we started the process of secondary water metering, and the water trust, and agriculture optimization,” he said.

Those things are now reality in Utah, many of them passed this past legislative session. 

The first summit gathered researchers, environmental advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss policies and strategies to save the ailing lake, that has only receded lower in levels since that time.

Wilson said he’s been working really closely with Sen. Mitt Romney on solutions.

“He and I are spending a significant amount of time together during his August recess trying to figure out how the state of Utah can work with the federal government to help solve this problem.”

Romney recently introduced his own legislation to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study what could be feasible to get more water into the rivers that feed the lake.

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