As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

If the Great Salt Lake, which has already shrunk by two-thirds, continues to dry up, here’s what’s in store:The lake’s flies and brine shrimp would die off — scientists warn it could start as soon as this summer — threatening the 10 million migratory birds that stop at the lake annually to feed on the tiny creatures. Ski conditions at the resorts above Salt Lake City, a vital source of revenue, would deteriorate. The lucrative extraction of magnesium and other minerals from the lake could stop.

Most alarming, the air surrounding Salt Lake City would occasionally turn poisonous. The lake bed contains high levels of arsenic and as more of it becomes exposed, wind storms carry that arsenic into the lungs of nearby residents, who make up three-quarters of Utah’s population.

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’ – The New York Times

Lots of factors play into this very urgent threat, but I find it interesting to see so many Republicans are trying to address the issue… and are being thwarted by the community.

I really think that if you’re living in a desert you shouldn’t have a grass lawn. Grass is so wasteful. In fact, I think people should just use whatever local flora there is for their yards. But that’s just me (I don’t even have a yard!).


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