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Great Salt Lake Advisory Council

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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.

Courtesy of Charles Uibel


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

  • Chair: Don Leonard
  • Todd Bingham
    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)


  • James Harris
    Utah Department of Environmental Quality
    Division of Water Quality
    195 North 1950 West
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4870
    (801) 536.4360 (office) | (801) 541.3069 (cell)
  • Laura Vernon
    Utah Department of Natural Resources
    Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands
    1594 West North Temple, Suite 3520
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
    (801) 538-5530