Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson discusses the Great Salt Lake at Weber State
OGDEN, Utah – Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson spent an afternoon at Weber State University discussing initiatives to protect the Great Salt Lake.
During his presentation, Wilson relayed his personal connections to the Great Salt Lake and the work being done to protect it as its levels continue to drop. He highlighted partnerships with environmental nonprofits and agricultural water optimization efforts across the state.
“The Great Salt Lake is not one of those issues that we can work on for a year,” Wilson said. “We need time and it will be with us for a while.”
Wilson also took questions from WSU students, faculty and staff, and community members in attendance. Attendees asked about invasive plant species near the lake, Utah’s high water usage and how the low levels of the Great Salt Lake affect Utah’s economy.
Weber State faculty and students have spent time studying the Great Salt Lake. For the last two summers, earth and environmental sciences professor Carie Frantz has led student teams to Antelope Island to conduct research on the area, and how the drop in the lake’s water affects its ecosystem.
Their research shows that the lake’s changes could significantly affect both animals and humans, and Frantz encourages Wasatch Front residents and organizations to take part in water conservation efforts.
“The Great Salt Lake is a great natural resource,” Wilson said. “We care about protecting it.”