A dried up Great Salt Lake would be disastrous for Salt Lake City and for Utah. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Utah’s Great Salt Lake is facing unprecedented danger. Without a significant increase in water flow over the next several years, the lake might turn into dust. That’s where things could get dangerous for the 2.5 million residents around the lake.
Recall we’ve already informed readers that declining water levels in the Great Salt Lake have created new challenges as dust laden with toxic metals threaten the region. It’s just now the worsening megadrought in the western half of the US has brought forward what some folks refer to as an impending ‘environmental nuclear bomb.’
In recent months, the lake level dropped to a historic low, exposing 800 square miles of lakebed that contain natural and artificial toxins, such as arsenic, mercury, and selenium.
As the drought situation deteriorates, the lakebed turns to dust and is whipped up into the air, which is ingested by the millions of residents surrounding it. Scientists told CNN the lake could evaporate within five years and trigger a “Great Toxic Dustbowl.”