Great Salt Lake http://kuer.org en Causeway Could Be the Key to Controlling the Great Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/causeway-could-be-key-controlling-great-salt-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;The railroad causeway across the Great Salt Lake was built in 1959, and since then it’s permanently altered the lake’s natural water flow.&nbsp; Making changes to it could have unanticipated consequences for the lake environment.&nbsp; But Union Pacific Railroad officials say they have to do something now or it won’t be safe to run trains across the lake.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:39:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 39957 at http://kuer.org Causeway Could Be the Key to Controlling the Great Salt Lake Railroad Repairs Will Cut Water Flow in the Great Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/railroad-repairs-will-cut-water-flow-great-salt-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.up.com/">Union Pacific Railroad</a> is planning to start repair work on its causeway across the Great Salt Lake.&nbsp; But it means closing off the culverts that allow water to pass between the north and south arms of the lake.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The causeway was built in the 1950’s, cutting off much of the natural flow between the two arms of the lake.&nbsp; As a result, the north arm is much saltier and about a foot lower in elevation than the south arm.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:50:51 +0000 Dan Bammes 39304 at http://kuer.org Railroad Repairs Will Cut Water Flow in the Great Salt Lake Utah Companies Hit By Drop in World Potash Market http://kuer.org/post/utah-companies-hit-drop-world-potash-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world market for potash took a hit last week when a Russian marketing consortium fell apart.&nbsp; That could cause some difficulty for companies doing business in Utah.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Potash is used for fertilizer, and it was selling in the range of $400 a ton last week when a big producer in Russia said it would quit working with its marketing group and increase its output. &nbsp;That led some traders to predict the price could drop below $300 a ton.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:21:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 33455 at http://kuer.org Utah Companies Hit By Drop in World Potash Market KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 24, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-april-24-2013 <p>The public turns out in droves to discuss the Sugar House Streetcar, Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back their expansion plans, and the Medicaid Community Workgroup meets at the capitol for the first time.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89323013&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:53:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 28288 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 24, 2013 Great Salt Lake Minerals Scales Back Expansion http://kuer.org/post/great-salt-lake-minerals-scales-back-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back its expansion plans along the eastern and western shores of the lake – and environmentalists are applauding. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:58:32 +0000 Dan Bammes 28257 at http://kuer.org Great Salt Lake Minerals Scales Back Expansion KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 16, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-january-16-2012 <p>Utah’s Attorney General calls for an investigation into the bribery allegations brought against him, KUER’s Bob Nelson goes shrimping on the Great Salt Lake, and Utah schools see the lowest participation in the free breakfast program in the nation.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75189046&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:39:55 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23667 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 16, 2012 Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Attract Unique Blend of Public and Private Regulation http://kuer.org/post/great-salt-lake-brine-shrimp-attract-unique-blend-public-and-private-regulation <p>The Great Salt Lake occasionally smells strange during the summer and then there’s the “lake effect” in the winter. But within the waters of North America's most salty lake lies a unique variety of brine shrimp species that has spawned a <a href="http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r657/r657-052.htm">rare public/private partnership</a> between the Utah Department of Natural Resources and more than a dozen businesses.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Bob Nelson 23624 at http://kuer.org Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Attract Unique Blend of Public and Private Regulation Setting New Standards for the Great Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/setting-new-standards-great-salt-lake <p>The Utah Division of Water Quality has begun a long-term project to set new pollution standards for the Great Salt Lake. &nbsp;The lake contains significant levels of toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury, among other things. &nbsp;Jeff Ostermiller, the chief of the Water Quality Management Section at the division, says some of that comes from industries surrounding the lake. &nbsp;But he says there are many other sources as well, including urban runoff from streets along the Wasatch Front.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:41:02 +0000 Dan Bammes 13745 at http://kuer.org Setting New Standards for the Great Salt Lake