Utah mineral company to publicly monitor discharge into Great Salt Lake with data buoy

By on December 19, 2012

A mineral company that discharges its wastewater into Utah’s Great Salt Lake agreed to a public monitoring program after lake advocates protested its private testing practices, according to an article on KSL.com.

Great Salt Lake Minerals harvests salt and other minerals from the Great Salt Lake. Ten environmental groups pushed the company to agree to publically test its wastewater discharge.

The testing will be coordinated in part by the Friends of the Great Salt Lake. Scientists will place a data buoy near the discharge area to monitor salinity, flow and mineral concentrations. Scientists will also monitor other key areas of the lake.

Image: Salt works operated by Great Salt Lake Minerals and Chemicals Corporation near West Warren, Utah (Credit: NASA)

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