Great Salt Lake Advisory Council

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The Great Salt Lake benefits our economy, our environment, and our ecology.
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Great Salt Lake is of hemispheric importance as both a refueling stop for millions of migratory birds and a nesting area for others. Eighty percent of Utah’s wetlands surround the lake. The mineral extraction industry, duck hunting clubs, and the brine shrimp industry are dependent on the vitality of the lake. Nature enthusiasts flock to the lake because of its ecological importance. Utahans draw a significant amount of their heritage and identity from the lake.

Through adoption of House Bill 343 during the 2010 general session of the Utah Legislature, the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council was created to advise on the sustainable use, protection, and development of the Great Salt Lake.


As appointed by the governor, the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council is composed of GSL Advisory Council Members and Affiliations:

  • Chair: Don Leonard
  • Joe Havasi
    Extractive Industry
  • Dina Blaes
    Salt Lake County
  • Randy Elliott
    Davis County
  • Gage Froerer
    Weber County
  • David Livermore
  • Leland Myers
    Publicly Owned Treatment Works
  • Jeff Richards
    Migratory Bird Protection Areas
  • Jeff D. Scott
    Box Elder County
  • Dan Tuttle
    Tooele County
  • Thomas Ward
    Municipal Government (Sandy City)