Union Pacific

Environment & Public Lands
1:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Railroad Repairs Will Cut Water Flow in the Great Salt Lake

Separated by the Union Pacific railroad causeway, the north and south arms of the Great Salt Lake differ in salinity and biology.
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  The Union Pacific Railroad is planning to start repair work on its causeway across the Great Salt Lake.  But it means closing off the culverts that allow water to pass between the north and south arms of the lake. 

The causeway was built in the 1950’s, cutting off much of the natural flow between the two arms of the lake.  As a result, the north arm is much saltier and about a foot lower in elevation than the south arm.

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