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CityViews 5/8/12: Mercury Rising in GSL/Local Business and the Local Economy



Segment 1:

In 2003, scientists took water and sediment samples from the Great Salt Lake and they discovered the highest level of mercury ever detected in the U.S. Since then, samples from fish, waterfowl and even spiders all show the same result: extremely high mercury levels. On Tuesday, we’ll talk about mercury contamination and the effect on the birds, humans and other creatures that live near and depend on Great Salt Lake.


  • Lynn De Freitas, Friends of the Great Salt Lake
  • Jodi Gardberg, Utah Division of Water Quality
  • Dave Naftz, U.S. Geological Survey

The 2012 Great Salt Lake Forum will be held Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 at the Fort Douglas Officers’ Club, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. A pre-forum session on mercury levels in the lake will be held Wednesday, May 9 at the Fort Douglas Officers’ Club and is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit or call Friends of Great Salt Lake at 801-583-5593.




Segment 2:

Research shows that for every $100 spent at a chain store, $13 remains in the local community. On the flip side, local businesses keep $45 in the neighborhood. On Wednesday, we’re talking about the “Local Effect” and helping mom-and-pop shops thrive in a global marketplace.


  • Nan Seymour, Local First
  • Scott Schaefer, Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

The 3rd Annual Neighborhood Business Conference will be held this Thursday, May 10 at the Eccles Business Building, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. For more information, visit

Click here to find out what kind of economic impact you could make by spending money at locally-owned, independent business.  For more information and research on how you can help your local economy please visit

City Views
City Views was a daily public affairs program that ran on KCPW from 2011 to 2013. It was hosted by Jennifer Napier-Pearce, who later went on launch and host "Behind the Headlines," the weekly news roundup from KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune. The show featured news reports and interviews with policymakers, local newsmakers and
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