The Great Salt Lake reached its record low in November when it dipped to 4,188.6 feet above sea level, having lost more than 70 percent of its water since 1850, according to the report published in January by researchers at Brigham Young University. As of Wednesday, however, the lake had risen three feet in a little more than five months, primarily because of snow and rain dumped directly into the lake by a season-long series of water-loaded storms. Salt Lake City has seen its seventh-snowiest season on record and among the most snow of any major U.S. city, with 87.3 inches.
The Great Salt Lake Seemed Like It Was Dying. But There’s Been a ‘Miraculous’ Shift
“As discussed below, the declining levels of the Great Salt Lake are primarily due to reduced inflows. Quoting the authors, “Historically, management of the Great Salt Lake watershed has prioritized human water usage over the health of the lake, with most of the river and stream water flowing toward the lake diverted for home, business and agricultural use.”
A record snowy winter has jump-started a recovery for the lake’s water level, which set at a record low in the fall
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