Grow the Flow held its first multi-chapter student event yesterday, with participants from the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, and Skyline High School. An interdisciplinary gathering, the members ranged from environmental science to statistics majors, wildlife conservation to law students. As diverse as the participants were, however, every person there had one goal in common—getting water to Great Salt Lake.

Student chapters are an integral component of Grow the Flow’s public action network. With a goal to form a 100,000 member Citizen’s Lake Lobby, we need all hands on deck, young and old. Chapters discussed their ideas of how to aid in this process. From town halls to civic engagement workshops, we are excited to see the momentum our students will produce in the upcoming months.

As a parting challenge, participants were invited to join Grow the Flow’s effort to find and mobilize as many lake-facing individuals as possible. They were already off to a great start; 59% had started a conservation about the lake that day, 88% had that week, and 100% had that month. By discussing Great Salt Lake’s situation, we can connect people in our lives to the solutions and opportunities surrounding the watershed.

We are so grateful for everyone who has poured their time and energy into protecting this critical watershed. Just like our student chapters, if we come together and work to innovate solutions, our success will be unprecedented. Let’s get water to Great Salt Lake!