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Utah House president to bring Great Salt Lake summit back

Ruben Gyoeltsyan crosses a sandbar on the edge of the Great Salt Lake, March 3, near Salt Lake City. Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said he would bring the Great Salt Lake Summit back in October. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said he would bring the Great Salt Lake Summit back to October.

This would be the second Great Salt Lake Summit, the first having taken place in January. Wilson said it should take place on October 13.

“(At the premiere) that’s really where we started the process of secondary water metering, water trust and agriculture optimization,” he said.

These things are now a reality in Utah, many of them passed during this year’s legislative session.

The first summit brought together researchers, conservationists, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss policies and strategies to save the ailing lake, which has been in decline ever since.

Wilson said he was working very closely with Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on solutions.

“He and I spend a lot of time together on his August vacation trying to figure out how the state of Utah can work with the federal government to help solve this problem,” Wilson said.

Romney recently introduced his own legislation for the US Army Corps of Engineers to study what might be feasible to get more water into the rivers that feed the lake.

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