OUT WEST ROUNDUP | Drought dries up Great Salt Lake; Ted Turner donates vast ranch land | Quick Hits

OUT WEST ROUNDUP | Drought dries up Great Salt Lake; Ted Turner donates vast ranch land | Quick Hits
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Wildlife, air quality at risk as Great Salt Lake nears low

SALT LAKE CITY — The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River has been shrinking. And a drought gripping the American West could make this year the worst yet.

The receding water is already affecting the nesting spot of pelicans that are among the millions of birds dependent on the lake. Sailboats have been hoisted out of the water to keep them from getting stuck in the mud. More dry lakebed getting exposed could send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe.

The lake’s levels are expected to hit a 170-year low this year. It comes as the drought has the U.S. West bracing for a brutal wildfire season and coping with already low reservoirs. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, has begged people to cut…

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