UTAH DROUGHT

Great Salt Lake rising, but water conservation remains a must

Apr 5, 2023, 2:00 PM | Updated: May 15, 2024, 12:33 pm

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People walk on the beach of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 17, 2023. (Jeffrey D. Allred?Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred?Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake has risen 3 feet thanks to all the rain and snowstorms that continue to hit the state.

The Utah Division of Water Resources reported that the Great Salt Lake rose 3 feet in the last five months. For comparison, the lake only rose 1 foot in all of 2022.

 

Public Information Officer for the Division of Water Resources Michael Sanchez said that the increase is thanks to “Mother Nature, as well as some structural modifications to the causeway firm.”

Sanchez said the extra 3 feet have brought about some big changes.

“I’ve seen some pictures, there is some water in the marina. And that wasn’t the fact back in October, November of last year.”

And, the Division of Water Resources hopes the lake will rise even more this spring. Sanchez said we’re set to have a good start to the spring runoff.

While the 3 feet are a good start, Sanchez said we can’t let our guard down, especially since Utah is an arid state.

“We really need to conserve for the dry years, especially when we’re in the wet years,” Sanchez said.

For tips and tricks on how to conserve water this year, Sanchez encouraged people to visit the state’s Slow the Flow website. And in preparation for flooding season, the state also has a website full of resources.

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