Jordan River to Farmington Bay Flow Restoration
Ensuring water flows to Great Salt Lake over the long term is the single most important strategy to prevent further drying of the lake. The state’s 2019 Concurrent Resolution to Address Declining Water Levels of the Great Salt Lake clearly “recognized the critical importance of ensuring adequate water flows to Great Salt Lake and its wetlands, to maintain a healthy and sustainable lake system.” This project has legal precedent to put water to beneficial use in the open unimpounded areas of the lake. These transactions also have been the example used by legislators and others to support additional funding for water transactions to benefit Great Salt Lake. Audubon has partnered with local landowners and The Nature Conservancy of Utah on water donations to deliver water from Jordan River to Farmington Bay of Great Salt Lake. These flow transactions will benefit the open water areas of Farmington Bay providing an environmental benefit during the times when water is distributed using the Lower Jordan River, or other distribution pathways to the bay.
* Project supports voluntary transactions to change, reduce or stop water use – either temporarily or permanently – to protect or restore water for environmental benefit