A Disastrous Diversion: The Proposal to Drain the Great Salt Lake
The proposed Bear River Development Project will dry up tens of thousands of acres of the West’s largest wetland ecosystem—the Great Salt Lake—and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
Trading Wetlands for Lawn Water
Utah is proposing to divert 20% of the primary water source feeding the American West’s largest remaining wetland ecosystem, the Great Salt Lake, in order to provide more municipal water to the Wasatch Front (most of which will be used to water lawns). This $2 billion water project will divert 220,000 acre-feet of water out of the Bear River, significantly lowering the level of the lake, destroying massive sections of Utah wetlands, and impacting millions of migratory birds.
There are a number of less expensive and less destructive alternatives, but lobbyists are poised to push the project through legislation—no matter the consequences. The Great Salt Lake needs your help.