September 10, 2008
Great Salt Lake Level Approaches Record Low
By Associated Press
SYRACUSE (AP) -- Despite a deep winter snowpack, Utah's Great Salt Lake is approaching its historical record low, leaving water experts scratching their heads.The lake's level, which continually fluctuates, is within 3 feet of its record low of 4,191.35 feet above sea level, recorded in 1963. At that level the lake covered 950 square miles.
The lake's average level is 4,200 feet above sea level and 1,700 square miles.
Water experts say that based on last winter's snowpack, they expected the lake to be at or slightly above normal levels through the summer.
But Antelope Island State Park manager Ron Taylor says the lake dropped about 3 feet over the summer and not much water came in.
Wildlife officials say if lake levels continue to drop, wildlife and industry that depend on the lake could be affected.
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