Salt Lake Metropolis—At present, the Utah Division of Forestry, Hearth and State Lands (FFSL) introduced the Nationwide Audubon Society (Audubon) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) because the recipients of the Nice Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement Program grant funds. These organizations, with devoted workers and conservation experience in Utah, will make the most of the $40 million appropriated throughout the 2022 legislative session to steer and implement a water belief to profit Nice Salt Lake and its wetlands. The belief can be used to reinforce water amount and water high quality, with at the very least 25% of the funding used to guard and restore wetlands habitat to profit the hydrology of Nice Salt Lake. 

“Nice Salt Lake has dropped beneath historic low water ranges, threatening the well being of Wasatch Entrance residents, the way forward for key Utah industries, and the survival of hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds and different wildlife,” Jamie Barnes, FFSL director, mentioned. “This belief dedicates important funding and establishes a partnership to sort out ongoing challenges like drought and growing water calls for. Utahns want collective, watershed-wide options earlier than it’s too late.”

The Nice Salt Lake Water Belief was created by the unanimously authorized Nice Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement Program and funding as a part of HB410, which was signed by Gov. Spencer Cox on March 21. This historic laws was accompanied by a variety of different water conservation measures and funding initiatives adopted by the 2022 Utah Legislature. 

“At present’s choice of Audubon and TNC as co-managers of the Nice Salt Lake Water Belief displays each organizations’ scientific experience, non-profit credibility, dedication to collaboration, and long-standing conservation file at Nice Salt Lake,” Home Speaker Brad Wilson mentioned. “The institution of the Nice Salt Lake Water Belief is an important step in preserving the lake and its wetlands for the way forward for Utah.”

Consultants agree that guaranteeing water flows to Nice Salt Lake and its wetlands over the long run is the only most essential technique to forestall additional drying of the lake. With the continuing drought and water provide pressures, lasting options will take time and require concerted motion.

“The water belief supplies an unimaginable alternative to assist handle water challenges going through the lake, its birds and habitats, and enterprise in methods that may profit surrounding communities, and the state,” Marcelle Shoop, Audubon’s Director of Saline Lakes, mentioned. “Nationwide Audubon Society is grateful for the management of Speaker Wilson and Governor Cox and the state’s funding dedication to guard this important useful resource. We’re excited to proceed efforts to guard Nice Salt Lake, and stay up for partnering with The Nature Conservancy and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders to protect the lake and the advantages it supplies.”

Together with water coverage adjustments remodeled the previous couple of years, water conservation efforts and funding in 2022, the brand new belief will assist advance tasks and voluntary transactions to retain or improve water flows to the lake and enhance or protect wetlands and essential hydrologic connections. 

“The Nature Conservancy appears to be like ahead to working with the Nationwide Audubon Society and private and non-private stakeholders to assist create the Nice Salt Lake Water Belief approved by HB410,” Dave Livermore, TNC’s Utah State Director, mentioned. “This can be a time when all arms on deck are wanted to avoid wasting Nice Salt Lake, and we’re honored to be a part of this effort. We salute Speaker Brad Wilson and different legislative leaders for offering this chance which can assist safeguard and replenish the lake’s waters and habitat to profit individuals and nature at this crucial time.”

As a part of the grant decision-making course of,  FFSL  labored with the Utah Division of Water High quality and the Nice Salt Lake Advisory Council.

Over the following few weeks and months, FFSL can be working with Audubon and TNC to develop agreements to determine the belief, launch outreach to companions and start implementing program targets. 



Press Contacts:

Joey Kahn, Communications Supervisor, Nationwide Audubon Society; 480-788-2416

Karl Hunt, PIO, Utah Division of Forestry, Hearth and State Lands; 385-249-6696

Tracey Stone, Affiliate Director of Communications, The Nature Conservancy; 602-738-1586