Utah House Speaker to bring back Great Salt Lake Summit

Ruben Gyoeltsyan walks across a sand bar at the receding edge of the Great Salt Lake, March 3, near Salt Lake City. Utah's Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, says he's bringing back the Great Salt Lake Summit in October.

Ruben Gyoeltsyan walks across a sand bar at the receding edge of the Great Salt Lake, March 3, near Salt Lake City. Utah's Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, says he's bringing back the Great Salt Lake Summit in October. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, says he's bringing back the Great Salt Lake Summit this October.

This would be the second Great Salt Lake Summit, the first was held in January. Wilson said it is slated to happen Oct. 13.

"(At the first one) that's really where we started the process of secondary water metering, and the water trust, and agriculture optimization," he said.

Those things are now reality in Utah, many of them passed during this year's legislative session.

The first summit gathered researchers, environmental advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss policies and strategies to save the ailing lake, that has only receded lower in levels since that time.

Wilson said he's been working really closely with Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on solutions.

"He and I are spending a significant amount of time together during his August recess, trying to figure out how the state of Utah can work with the federal government to help solve this problem," Wilson said.

Romney recently introduced his own legislation to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study what could be feasible to get more water into the rivers that feed the lake.

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