The Problem

Saline lakes are in decline all around the world because of excessive water use. When a lake like Great Salt Lake collapses, it triggers a sequence of damage to human health, environment, and economy that can last for generations. In our case, the loss of the lake is bringing toxic dust storms, destruction of jobs, and loss of crucial habitat.

The Opportunity

People used to ask “Why should I care about Great Salt Lake?” Now we only hear one question: “What can I do to help?” In a time of fear and isolation, this grand challenge is uniting us. We believe that our community is uniquely prepared to face this crisis. Our prosperity and reputation depend on wise stewardship and solidarity in the face of this human-caused threat.

The Plan

We need an unprecedented flood of public support, policy innovation, personal action, and fundraising to replenish Great Salt Lake. Grow the Flow is focused on supporting ongoing efforts and starting new initiatives that strengthen our water security. We are bringing together individuals, organizations, and government partners to get water to Great Salt Lake. We’re not interested in blaming or claiming credit. We are grateful for all that has been done, and we will work on this until the lake is permanently restored. We are working towards this goal through four coordinated programs:


The Great Salt Lake Policy Accelerator is researching, writing, and sponsoring the legislation that we need at local, state, and federal levels.


The Public Action Network is bringing together a community of 100,000 citizens to change the political dialogue and constructively participate in governance.


The Research Bridge is convening scientists, engineers, and technology innovators to translate the best available evidence into the most effective action.


The Impact Fund consists of individual donors and sponsoring organizations who make this possible by alleviating financial obstacles to saving the lake.

The Team


Ben Abbott, Executive Director

Rachel Wood, Scientific Director

Brigham Daniels, Policy Director

Jake Dreyfous, Managing Director

Team Members

Nathan Thompson, Communications Manager

Addison Graham, Public Relations Manager

Ren Griffeth, Student Chapter Manager

Eliza Peterson, PAN Manager

Becky Wilson, Events Manager

Kate Olsen, Lead Designer

Becca Black, Communications Co-Manager

Erica Webb, Communications Coordinator

Community Partners

We have many incredible individuals throughout the watershed and beyond who contribute their talents to get water to the lake.


Origins Of Grow The Flow

Grow the Flow is an initiative of Conserve Utah Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on conserving land and water, forever. Over the past few years, Conserve Utah Valley has successfully helped protect Bridal Veil Falls, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Slate Canyon, and Utah Lake. Conserve Utah Valley is now partnering with BYU’s Ballard Center for Social Impact to help our community face the challenge of a drying Great Salt Lake.