Utah lawmakers are concerned about low water levels after flying over the Great Salt Lake.
They are pushing for various water conservation bills as a severe drought hits the Western U.S. A group of about 50 lawmakers took off on Feb. 15 in three helicopters to look at the shrinking Great Salt Lake. The flight showed water and wildlife habitat loss as well as toxic dust from the dry lake bed.
The Utah Legislature is taking action against the drought with HB121. The bill would cut state facilities’ use of water and provide incentives for drought resistant landscaping. It was approved by the House and is waiting on a vote in the Senate committee.