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Utah lawsuit attempts to force action to save Great Salt Lake

The sun sets on the Great Salt Lake on June 15, 2023, near Magna, Utah. A coalition of environmental organizations sued the state of Utah on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, based on accusations that it is not doing enough make sure enough water gets to the shrinking Great Salt Lake. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
The sun sets on the Great Salt Lake on June 15, 2023, near Magna, Utah. A coalition of environmental organizations sued the state of Utah on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, based on accusations that it is not doing enough make sure enough water gets to the shrinking Great Salt Lake. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

A newly filed lawsuit seeks to force Utah leaders into dramatic action to save the Great Salt Lake.

Utah scientists have been warning it could dry up within five years. That’s an ecological disaster that could make dust storms worse — and threaten the state’s snow-fed reservoirs.

NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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