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Protecting the Great Salt Lake on Tuesday's Access Utah

The Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake is the Salt Lake Tribune’s 2021 Utahn of the Year. Quoting the Tribune:

“Drought and increasing diversions of water from upstream have left the Great Salt Lake less great. . . . It is smaller and shallower than it has been in the time since European settlers first started keeping records. . . . Its level is 10 feet below what has long been considered normal. Antelope Island is not really an island any more. The ripple effect these changes will have are serious and will affect everyone who lives along the densely populated Wasatch Front, even if they never go out to see the lake themselves.”

Rep. Brad Wilson, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, is convening a Great Salt Lake Summit, and ahead of that summit we’ll be talking to Lynne De Freitas, Executive Director of Friends of the Great Salt Lake; Wayne Wurtsbaugh, USU Emeritus Professor of Watershed Sciences; and Marcelle Shoop, Director of the National Audubon Society’s Saline Lakes Program.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.