NewsLocal News


FOX 13 News joins collaborative to help save the Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake
Posted at 12:53 PM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 11:26:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake is dying, and the ramifications extend far beyond its muddy, shrinking shoreline.

Air quality and “The Greatest Snow on Earth” suffer, as do millions of migratory birds who rely on the lake as a food source.

In 2021, the Great Salt Lake reached its lowest level on record.

Because of this threat, FOX 13 News is proud to announce its participation in the Great Salt Lake Collaborative: a historic initiative involving 17 news organizations, educators, and nonprofits who have banded together to save the Great Salt Lake through solutions-based journalism.

"The role of the Great Salt Lake Collaborative is to bring together the best research and reporting with the aim of not just illuminating the scope of the problem, but to also highlight and encourage solutions,” said Marc Sternfield, Senior Director of News at FOX 13. “All Utahns have a vested interest in saving the Great Salt Lake.”

Supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation and sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah, the Great Salt Lake Collaborative hopes to see the lake replenished before it is too late.

“While news organizations typically compete against one another for audiences, we believe collaboration is needed to affect change,” Sternfield said. "Few issues are more critical to Utah’s future than our environment. We look forward to working with other community partners to rehabilitate and protect the Great Salt Lake.”

Those with ideas for the collaborative to pursue are asked to CLICK HERE to share their suggestions. The following organizations make up the Great Salt Lake Collaborative:

  • Amplify Utah
  • Deseret News
  • FOX 13 News
  • Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College
  • KCPW
  • KRCL
  • KSL-TV
  • KSL NewsRadio
  • KUER
  • Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center
  • Standard-Examiner
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • The West View
  • Utah Film Center
  • Utah Public Radio
  • Utah State University researcher