Carter Williams
KSL Reporter
Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.
Dust blows across the dry lakebed of the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City on Aug.12. Experts say only about 9% of the lakebed produces dust that can be picked up by wind. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Kevin Perry believes there are many "trigger points" that indicate when there is something wrong with the Great Salt Lake. For instance, anyone who has come to the lake for recreation...
Karin Kettenring, a professor of wetland ecology at Utah State University's College of Natural Resources leads a field tour about phragmites on Ties. Sept. 8. Experts have worked for over a decade to remove phragmites and replace it with a native species. (Photo credit: Utah State University)
FARMINGTON — The threat of the Great Salt Lake flooding is far from anyone's minds these days, especially after back-to-back years of record-setting low water levels . But it was a different story in...
Horizonte student Oakland Voright and her teacher Nat Shiozawa discuss their observations around the Cascades area of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen into the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment out of the water. Horizonte student Oakland Voright and her teacher Nat Shiozawa discuss their observations around the Cascades area of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen into the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment out of the water. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
Horizonte student Oakland Voright and her teacher Nat Shiozawa discuss their observations around the Cascades area of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen into the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment out of the water. Horizonte student Oakland Voright and her teacher Nat Shiozawa discuss their observations around the Cascades area of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen into the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment out of the water. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — West Jordan Mayor Dirk Burton reflects back to his childhood as he stands a few dozen feet from the banks of the Jordan River. There's one memory from decades ago that pops into his m...
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox stands by an old milking shed on his family’s farmland as he talks about growing up on the land near his home in Fairview, Sanpete County, on Dec. 9, 2020. Most of Utah's water goes to the farmers and ranchers. Here's how the industry is cutting back. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox stands by an old milking shed on his family’s farmland as he talks about growing up on the land near his home in Fairview, Sanpete County, on Dec. 9, 2020. Most of Utah's water goes to the farmers and ranchers. Here's how the industry is cutting back. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Given Utah's ongoing drought and the two-decade-long "megadrought," Utah Gov. Spencer Cox believes that Utahns must view water differently than ever before, cutting back on water wast...
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney speaks about the Great Salt Lake with members of the media Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: KSL)
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney speaks about the Great Salt Lake with members of the media Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: KSL)
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, introduced a bill in the U.S Senate last year that aimed to study saline lakes. The bill struggled to garner attention because,...
A painting from the Celebration of the Hand: Save Our Great Salt Lake on 300 South in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon. It is one of over a dozen that highlight the issues with the drying Great Salt Lake, which reached a record low this week. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
A painting from the Celebration of the Hand: Save Our Great Salt Lake on 300 South in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon. It is one of over a dozen that highlight the issues with the drying Great Salt Lake, which reached a record low this week. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
SALT LAKE CITY — Jacob Brooks' latest painting is quite simple, so simple that his 3-year-old son can understand the message Brooks is trying to convey. It's a California gull with a sego lily on its...
The Great Salt Lake as seen on Feb. 15. A new Utah program aims to protect and enhance water levels in the Great Salt Lake in an effort to avoid environmental disaster. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
The Great Salt Lake as seen on Feb. 15. A new Utah program aims to protect and enhance water levels in the Great Salt Lake in an effort to avoid environmental disaster. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah legislators approved an unprecedented $40 million that will go solely toward enhancing the Great Salt Lake watershed during the state's legislative session earlier this year. The...
Water swirls down a storm drain at 600 South and State Street after heavy rain hit northern Utah on Aug. 1, 2021. Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities opened a new "Adopt a Storm Drain" program to help clean up residential drains last week. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
Water swirls down a storm drain at 600 South and State Street after heavy rain hit northern Utah on Aug. 1, 2021. Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities opened a new "Adopt a Storm Drain" program to help clean up residential drains last week. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Chances are you've seen signs to adopt a highway at least once in your life. The first "Adopt a Highway" sign dates back to 1985. A Texas transportation engineer thought of having vol...
An aerial view of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah's West Desert on July 22, 2015. The area was prehistorically a wetland before it and Lake Bonneville disappeared. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)
An aerial view of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah's West Desert on July 22, 2015. The area was prehistorically a wetland before it and Lake Bonneville disappeared. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)
SALT LAKE CITY — Daron Duke is captivated by an image he's projected on a screen he's shared with curious archaeologists and prehistoric aficionados. It's a pair of pictures in northwest Utah: Blue La...
An undated photo of dust picked up by the Great Salt Lake by a vehicle illegally driving on the dried lakebed. A new bill that goes into effect May 4 clarifies that all motor vehicles are banned from dried lakebeds and navigable rivers in the state. (Courtesy of Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands)
An undated photo of dust picked up by the Great Salt Lake by a vehicle illegally driving on the dried lakebed. A new bill that goes into effect May 4 clarifies that all motor vehicles are banned from dried lakebeds and navigable rivers in the state. (Courtesy of Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands)
SALT LAKE CITY — Motorized vehicles are banned from traveling on exposed lakebeds and navigable rivers in Utah, but a problem emerged in recent years with the way it's written in state law. It wasn't...
Brandon Miller, with Ikon Landscaping, plants water-wise plants in a park strip in Herriman on Sept. 21, 2021, during the launch of “Flip Blitz,” a landscape diversification and water conservation program from the Utah Division of Water Resources. Removing turf-based park strips can save thousands of gallons of water annually, according to conservation experts. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)
Brandon Miller, with Ikon Landscaping, plants water-wise plants in a park strip in Herriman on Sept. 21, 2021, during the launch of “Flip Blitz,” a landscape diversification and water conservation program from the Utah Division of Water Resources. Removing turf-based park strips can save thousands of gallons of water annually, according to conservation experts. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Cynthia Bee said it sometimes pays off to be "the lone weirdo" in a neighborhood who ditches the turf-based park strip, the patch of grass that typically exists between a street and s...
A Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Great Salt Lake as Utah lawmakers take an aerial tour of the lake with the Utah Army National Guard on Feb. 15. Utah experts project the lake will fall another 2 feet below the record low set last year. (Scott G. Winterton)
A Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Great Salt Lake as Utah lawmakers take an aerial tour of the lake with the Utah Army National Guard on Feb. 15. Utah experts project the lake will fall another 2 feet below the record low set last year. (Scott G. Winterton)
SALT LAKE CITY — Laura Vernon was preparing for a news interview last summer when her mother asked what the interview was about. Vernon, the Great Salt Lake coordinator for the Utah Division of Forest...
Tundra swans fly through the wetlands by the Great Salt Lake on Feb. 17. It's estimated that three-fourths of the continental tundra swans use the Great Salt Lake's wetlands annually. Those wetlands are the focus of a project that received federal grant money Wednesday. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
Tundra swans fly through the wetlands by the Great Salt Lake on Feb. 17. It's estimated that three-fourths of the continental tundra swans use the Great Salt Lake's wetlands annually. Those wetlands are the focus of a project that received federal grant money Wednesday. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
OGDEN — The dike system at Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area is vital for controlling the water that keeps it an important management area for the millions of birds that flock there — or other areas...
Tourists visit the Great Salt Lake on Nov. 19, 2021. The lake officially hit its lowest levels ever in October 2021. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — In the days after arriving at what's now the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and handful of other leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ventured toward the Grea...