The Great Salt Lake reaches a new low point, the ecosystem is endangered by the “tipping point” of salinity

A storm over the Great Salt Lake on May 29, 2022 (Roger McDonough | KCPW)

The Great Salt Lake again fell to a new historic low.

The U.S. Geological Survey and Utah Division of Natural Resources report that measurements collected on Sunday showed an average daily surface water rise of 4,190.1 feet – a new low in the lake’s recorded history. dating back to 1847. The lake is expected to shrink further in the coming weeks and months.

Scientists have warned of a tipping point for the lake where an increase in salinity due to low water levels leads to a cascading collapse of the ecosystem. This could be catastrophic for the algae, brine shrimp and brine flies that feed on this algae, and the millions of migrating birds that use these brine shrimp and flies as a crucial protein source.

Today on “In the Hive,” a conversation about drying up and the overly salty Great Salt Lake.

Guest:
Dr Bonnie Baxter, biologist and director of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College.

This episode is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that brings together news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake – and what that can be done to make a difference before it’s too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org.

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