In the midst of a severe drought, water levels in Utah’s famous Salt Lake have fallen to an all-time low.
That fell below the previous low in October 2021, the USGS announced. Water levels are likely to continue to decline until fall or early winter, when water flow equals or exceeds levels that are lost through evaporation.
“It’s not the kind of record we’d like to break,” said Joel Ferry, director of the Utah Natural Resources Authority. “Urgent action is required to help protect and conserve this vital resource. It is clear that the lake is in trouble.”
The largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere is not only very important from an environmental point of view, but also an important economic factor for the state of Utah. According to the state government, it generates about $1.3 billion in revenue annually through sectors such as mining, fishing, and tourism.
Large parts of the western United States are experiencing a prolonged drought. This results in a significant decrease in water levels in important rivers and reservoirs such as Lake Mead and Lake Powell. According to climate experts, there have been periods of drought in the region in history that lasted more than 20 years; But they are getting worse because of global warming.
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