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Great Salt Lake: A Haven for Threatened Bird Species

Great Salt Lake: A Haven for Threatened Bird Species

All Photos Credited to Mary Anne Karren “We don’t own Planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife” –Steve Erwin  Every year, the Great Salt Lake becomes a hub of activity as ten million birds descend upon its shores. Great Salt Lake’s...

Final bills to watch during the 2024 Legislative Session

Final bills to watch during the 2024 Legislative Session

Image by Reginaldo Martins from Pixabay   Information provided by the University of Utah's Wallace Stegner Center. For more details, click here. H.B. 453: Great Salt Lake Revisions (Sponsored by Rep. Casey Snider and Sen. Scott D. Sandall): We believe that this...

Lake-Facing Community: An Interview with Nan Seymour

Lake-Facing Community: An Interview with Nan Seymour

Photo credits: Save Our Great Salt Lake   We had the opportunity to sit down with Nan Seymour from Save Our Great Salt Lake and River Writing and talk about her work with the Great Salt Lake Vigil. Lake-facing citizens hold this vigil twice a day through the Utah...

A Declining Great Salt Lake→A Declining Global Economy

A Declining Great Salt Lake→A Declining Global Economy

Brine shrimp—a crustacean native to Great Salt Lake—are about a centimeter in size. This makes them the largest animals that live in Great Salt Lake’s waters. Brine Shrimp survive by feeding on algae and are consumed by other crustaceans, fish, and birds around the...

Microbialites

Microbialites

All photos from Mary Anne Karren, used with permission This article was originally published on Mary Anne’s website, maryannekarren.org and has been republished with her permission. You may know that Great Salt Lake is essential for an astonishing 10-12 million...

Youth Town Hall–December 2023

Youth Town Hall–December 2023

Photo Credit: Utah House Democrats In December, Grow the Flow helped support a student-led Town Hall in Holladay City. A group of high schoolers from Skyline and the Youth Coalition for GSL asked compelling, pointed questions to panelists that included: Rep. Carol...

Interview with Patrick Belmont about GSL Plan

Interview with Patrick Belmont about GSL Plan

Last week, the Great Salt Lake Commissioner, Brian Steed, released his strategic plan for rescuing the lake. The plan outlined several ways that Utah can get more water to the lake, including investment in agricultural optimization techniques, a push toward water-wise...

Will we make 2024 the turning point for Great Salt Lake?

Will we make 2024 the turning point for Great Salt Lake?

This blog post was originally posted by Ben Abbott on his personal blog.    This Saturday, more than a thousand Utahns gathered at the state capitol to celebrate progress and support next steps in our efforts to restore Great Salt Lake. The number and diversity...

Air Pollution and Great Salt Lake

Air Pollution and Great Salt Lake

There are a lot of things that Utah is known for. From strange alcohol laws, to its highly religious population, Utah stands out in many ways. One of the most concerning things that Utah is known for, however, is its air pollution. Up until this point, most of that...

2024 Utah Snowpack Update

2024 Utah Snowpack Update

Utah’s Snowpack and the Outlook for Great Salt Lake At this time last year, Utah’s snow pack was sitting at around 160% of normal. We were skiing knee deep powder on the weekends and expecting longer commutes to work or school during the week.  While another...

Farmer’s History and Future in the Great Salt lake Basin

Farmer’s History and Future in the Great Salt lake Basin

Image Credit: Wolfgang Borchers on Pixabay Long before Brigham Young gazed over Salt Lake Valley and pronounced, “This is the right place”, many indigenous communities relied on the Great Salt Lake Basin. The Shoshone, Goshute, and Ute tribes depended predominantly on...

Secret Santa for Great Salt Lake

Secret Santa for Great Salt Lake

With Christmas around the corner, there’s a lot of great ways to serve the people around us. At Grow the Flow, we feel that a great way to serve our community is to prevent an environmental disaster by protecting Great Salt Lake! We compiled a list of possible ideas...

Town Hall with Rachel Whipple and Tyler Clancy

Town Hall with Rachel Whipple and Tyler Clancy

Representative Tyler Clancy and Provo City Councilwoman Rachel Whipple joined Grow the Flow yesterday for a town hall at Brigham Young University. Over thirty students, faculty, and community members gathered in person and over zoom to learn about water security and...

Native American History Month and Great Salt Lake

Native American History Month and Great Salt Lake

Photo: Carl Moore at Great Salt Lake, September 2023 by Teri HarmanSaving Great Salt Lake is not only about preserving water and vital ecosystems, but also protecting the legacy of human history. The Indigenous people of Utah were the first stewards of our saline...

Bear River Development Panel

Bear River Development Panel

We had an amazing turnout and support for this afternoon’s virtual panel on the Bear River Development. Experts on water policy, public lands, and lake ecology discussed questions relating to recent developments in the project. Tim Hawks, a former state legislator...

Emergency Press Release on Bear River Development

Emergency Press Release on Bear River Development

Image from Ecoflight One step forward and two steps back? New effort to build the Bear River Project threatens to wipe out any progress made towards saving Great Salt Lake FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    SALT LAKE CITY, UT, November 15th, 2023 - Multiple sources have...

What is Actually Happening with Great Salt Lake?

What is Actually Happening with Great Salt Lake?

Photo credit: Logan Gardner “The Great Salt Lake is drying up!” “Are we all going to die in 5 years?”    Maybe you’ve heard this statement or asked this question before. I have. If you’re not an ecologist, it can be hard to understand what’s actually going on....

Slow the Flow vs. Grow the Flow

Slow the Flow vs. Grow the Flow

I’m guessing you have heard of Grow the Flow because you are reading this right now. If not, we are a movement dedicated to getting more water to the Great Salt Lake! So, what about Slow the Flow? While the names may be easy to mix up, we are two very different...

Summary of the Water Policy Accelerator

Summary of the Water Policy Accelerator

Photo by Unma Desai on Unsplash   One of the key components of Grow the Flow is the creation of the Water Policy Accelerator. This is a team of environmental lawyers and policy experts who are working on drafting legislation to conserve and shepherd water to...

Summary of the Research Coordination Network

Summary of the Research Coordination Network

To determine what the various strategies we push for should focus on, a Research Coordination Network is needed to study the impacts of possible actions. An international team of social and natural scientists has been assembled to synthesize actionable research on...

Youth Coalition Launch

Youth Coalition Launch

Youth Coalition Draws Impressive Crowd We were so grateful to join the Youth Coalition for Great Salt Lake at their kickoff event last Thursday. Congregating in the Salt Lake County government building on November 2nd, these high schoolers left us feeling inspired,...

Go ahead and flush

Go ahead and flush

Photo from Mary Anne Karren This article was originally published on Mary Anne's website, maryannekarren.org and has been republished with her permission. When I first realized that sewage was being dumped into Great Salt Lake, it all started making sense. How...

Can Dams Save Great Salt Lake?

Can Dams Save Great Salt Lake?

Dam History and PoliticsFor over a century, dams have been bastions of development in the Western United States. They were signs of man’s domination over what had previously been considered untameable land. Dams could do the impossible: bring water where there had...

Student Chapter Kickoff Event Was a Success!

Student Chapter Kickoff Event Was a Success!

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...

Grow the Flow Press Release

Grow the Flow Press Release

For release on Wednesday, October 4, 2023   Grow the Flow Seeks 100,000 Citizens to Rescue Great Salt Lake   SALT LAKE CITY, UT, October 4, 2023 - As the boost from this winter’s record snowfall wears off, Great Salt Lake remains a top concern for Utahns. With...

Lake Leaders Needed!

Lake Leaders Needed!

Welcome to Grow the Flow! It has been really encouraging to see the level and diversity of support for Great Salt Lake. It is clear to me that people from all walks of life see this as a question of legacy, values, and life. I hope that you feel welcome here, because...

Conserve Utah Valley and Grow the Flow

Conserve Utah Valley and Grow the Flow

Originally posted on conserveutahvalley.org In 2021, Conserve Utah Valley was a fledgling grassroots organization. We got our start when Bridal Veil Falls, a natural treasure of Utah Valley, was under threat of private development. After a few intense months of work,...

Four Goals of Grow the Flow

Four Goals of Grow the Flow

Form a Citizen’s Lake Lobby of more than 100,000 members from all backgrounds. No amount of ecological work or legal scaffolding can replace the need to rehabilitate our relationship with Great Salt Lake. Sustained stewardship begins with affection and a change in our...

Summary of the Public Action Network

Summary of the Public Action Network

One of the major initiatives of Grow the Flow is to organize a diverse network of individuals, businesses, cities, and other organizations to work on changing the political landscape by increasing the political payoffs of prioritizing water conservation and the...