Question by Michael Holmes

Interesting idea. Jaimi Butler, coordinator of Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute, thinks conservation and alternative restoration efforts may be the best choice for now. 

One concern with bringing ocean water to Great Salt Lake is the possibility of creating an imbalance in saline levels. This option is also more expensive than what is currently being implemented by Utah lawmakers, she said. However, Utah lawmakers are now considering it.  

Michael’s idea isn’t too far out there, though. 

Natural resource agencies in California are evaluating the feasibility of importing water to restore the Salton Sea with the goal of reducing dust from the exposed lakebed, improving air quality and restoring habitat for wildlife.

Creative ideas such as these may be what saves Great Salt Lake in the end. So keep on brainstorming!

—Reported and written by McCaulee Blackburn