KCPW Presents: “The Source: Get to Know the Great Salt Lake”

It’s the fourth largest lake of its kind in the world, but the Great Salt Lake is often

 “The citizens of the Salt Lake valley view the Great Salt Lake as a putrid, fly infested sump!” according to a 2002 National Geographic article about Utah. Love it or hate it, it's in our backyard so you might as well get to know it. Credit Jennifer Pemberton


“The citizens of the Salt Lake valley view the Great Salt Lake as a putrid, fly infested sump!” according to a 2002 National Geographic article about Utah. Love it or hate it, it’s in our backyard so you might as well get to know it.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

underappreciated in Utah. With the lake level within a foot or two of its record low, now is a good time to get to know the Great Salt Lake.

Over 7 million migratory birds stop at the lake each year, stocking up for their epic journeys across continents. Between the people who come to appreciate the birds and a handful of specialized industries, the lake brings in over a billion dollars for the state each year.

In this episode of The Source, we’ll hear from researchers and resource managers as well as residents and visitors to the Great Salt Lake. We’ll learn how close we are to actually losing the lake forever and some of the threats that are challenging it well beyond its usual ups and downs.

This special will air on Friday, March 3rd at 10 AM and 8 PM.