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Great Salt Lake hits 175-year low

Posted on July 6, 2022

The Great Salt Lake this weekend dropped below the 175-year low set last October, the Utah Department of Natural Resources announced.

“This is not the type of record we like to break,” DNR executive director Joel Ferry said. “It’s clear the lake is in trouble.”

Why it mattersThe West’s megadrought, worsened by climate change, is shrinking the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi — and the largest salt-water lake in the Western Hemisphere.

Water has also been diverted for homes and crops in the fast-growing Beehive State.

The lake level will likely continue to decrease until fall or early winter, the state said.

Records date back to 1847.


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