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Church donates water to the state of Utah to benefit Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (March 15, 2023) — To benefit the Great Salt Lake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has agreed to donate over 5,700 water shares in the North Point Consolidated Irrigation Company to the state of Utah. The donation, believed to be the largest ever permanent donation to benefit the Great Salt Lake, ensures water will continue to flow to the lake and preserve critical shoreline and wetland habitat in Farmington Bay.

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Drought Updates

The Utah Divisions of Water Rights and Water Resources are providing regular drought and water updates. These reports are more infrequent during spring, fall and winter as we continue to monitor conditions.

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Research universities and state agencies team up for Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 7, 2023)  – Declining water levels of Great Salt Lake threaten economic activity, local public health, and ecosystems. In response to this emergent statewide challenge, Utah’s research universities formed the Great Salt Lake Strike Team, a collaboration of experts in public policy, hydrology, water management, climatology, and dust. Today they released a Great Salt Lake Policy Assessment that affirms the situation is urgent, but also identifies a variety of policy levers that can return the lake to healthy levels.

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Gov. Cox issues executive order to raise GSL causeway berm

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 3, 2023) – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has issued Executive Order 2023-02 directing the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands to raise the Great Salt Lake causeway berm. 

“The Great Salt Lake is crucial to our environment, ecology and economy, and we must do everything we can to protect it,” said Gov. Cox. “We’ve been blessed with significant snowpack so far this winter, and this executive order will allow the state to move quickly to increase the lake level in the South Arm by capturing spring runoff. We don’t want to miss this opportunity to safeguard the lake.”

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New Great Salt Lake website serves as one-stop-shop

SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 13, 2023)  – A new Great Salt Lake website is now live! The site centralizes the organizations, tools and work that contribute to the lake’s management. The Department of Natural Resources teamed up with the Department of Environmental Quality to create the site. Check it out and see everything from real-time streamflow data and current projects to ways you can get involved and much more. The lake is critical to the environment, ecology and economy, not just in Utah but also the western U.S. We are working together to preserve and protect it. Current water levels have risen about 1 foot in the last couple of months from the record low in early November.

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New director appointed to the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 12, 2022)  – Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Joel Ferry has named Jason Curry as the new director for the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR), effective Dec. 10. Curry comes from the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands where he has been serving as the deputy director.

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Gov. Cox closes GSL Basin to new water right appropriations

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 3, 2022)  – With Utah’s Great Salt Lake reaching new record lows, Gov. Spencer Cox has issued a proclamation suspending new water appropriations within the Great Salt Lake Basin, including the Bear, Weber, and Jordan River basins and the body of the Great Salt Lake.

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Washington County’s aggressive conservation plan applauded

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 20, 2022) – After meeting with representatives of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, Gov. Spencer Cox commended the district for its move toward long-term conservation measures in the face of mounting growth and severe drought.

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Gov. Cox appoints Gregory Todd as energy advisor

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 18, 2022)  – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has tapped Duchesne County Commissioner Gregory Todd as his new energy advisor and director of the Office of Energy Development, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources.

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Great Salt Lake level falls below historic low measured in October 2021

SALT LAKE CITY (June 24, 2022)  – On July 3, the level of Great Salt Lake dropped below the October 2021 historic low elevation. This average daily surface water elevation, 4,190.1 feet, was measured at USGS station 10010000, located on the southern end of the lake and is associated with a data record dating back to 1847.  

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