WASHINGTON D.C. – After the proposed bill passed in Senate earlier this month, Congressman Blake Moore’s Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Tuesday, December 27. The bill was established by Congressman Blake Moore and was introduced with Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and led by Senators Merkley (D-OR) and Romney (R-UT) in the Senate.
This legislation will establish a scientific monitoring and assessment program to help save the Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the West.
“I am so proud of all the work that went into getting this critical bill signed into law by President Biden,” said Congressman Blake Moore.“Many thanks to the leaders and experts who helps put this together, including Senate sponsor Senator Romney, Governor Cox, Speaker Wilson, President Adams, State Representatives Joel Ferry and Tim Hawkes, and several others. Saving the Great Salt Lake and our neighboring saline lakes is one of my top priorities, and this bill will help us get there.”
The Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act would give the U.S. Geological Survey resources to conduct scientific monitoring and assessments in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tribal, state, academic, and nonprofit organizations to build effective management and conservation efforts to protect crucial Saline Lake habitats within the Great Basin network.
Part of the bill includes data collection, specifically the assessment of needs related to water quantity, water quality, water use, and water demand, as well as the study of migratory birds and other wildlife populations and habitats, which will be used to devise a plan on how and what needs to be saved in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.
The newly approved bill has also received support from Governor Spencer Cox and several organizations, including but not limited to: the National Audubon Society, Compass Minerals, Trout Unlimited, the Utah Waterfowl Association, Utah Wetlands Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy in Utah.