Mangement Studies of Farmington Bay, Great Salt Lake

by D. George Chadwick, Jr., Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
J. Paul Riley, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Alberta J. Seierstad, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Darwin L. Sorensen, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Norman E. Stauffer, Jr., Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The primary objective of this study is to evaluate management options for the Farmington Bay area of the Great Salt Lake in terms of water quantity and quality. For the study, it was assumed that the bay was enclosed by a system of in-lake dikes. A hydro-salinity model with a coupled stochastic component to represent surface inflows was used to generate a series of possible time sequences for a particular set of management conditions. The results indicate that equilibrium salinity levels in the impounded area likely would be too high for most agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses, while numerous problems associated with organic decomposition would result from the freshening of these waters.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Agriculture | Bays | Salts | Lakes | Hydrologic models | Municipal water | Water quality | Utah | United States

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