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Great Salt Lake member drive special on Monday's Access Utah

Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA. Original public domain image from
Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Here’s how the Salt Lake Tribune described The Great Salt Lake in naming the lake as its 2021 Utahn of the Year: “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…” UPR is a member of the Great Salt Lake collaborative, which is seeking solutions to the problem. Today, in a special Member Drive edition of the program, we’ll talk with Wayne Wurtsbaugh, USU Emeritus Professor of Watershed Sciences; Bonnie Baxter, Professor of Biology at Westminster College; Jaimi Butler, Great Salt Lake Institute Coordinator at Westminster College; and UPR science reporter and USU graduate student Aimee Van Tatenhove.

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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.