Great Salt Lake

Mayor Mendenhall is taking bold action to help save the Great Salt Lake.

The demise of the Great Salt Lake would have devastating environmental, economic, and public health impacts on Salt Lake City, and Mayor Mendenhall — who earned a master’s degree in science and technology from the U and has been an environmental advocate for more than 15 years — is determined to do everything she can to stop it.

Although the magnitude of the problem is so great and its principal causes are not within the city’s control, city residents will bear the consequences of failure the hardest and the fastest. “History will judge us for the choices we make and don’t make right now,” Erin warned in her 2023 State of the City address. “Five years is not a long time, so it won’t be our grandkids who judge us, or even our kids — we will be able to judge ourselves.”