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Water and salt balance of Great Salt Lake, Utah, and simulation of water and salt movement through the causeway, 1987-98

Water-Resources Investigations Report 2000-4221

Prepared in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lakds, and Tooele County, Utah
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Abstract

The Southern Pacific Transportation Company completed a rock-fill causeway across Great Salt Lake in 1959. The effect of the causeway was to change the water and salt balance of Great Salt Lake by creating two separate but interconnected parts of the lake, with more than 95 percent of freshwater surface inflow entering the lake south of the causeway.

The water and salt balance of Great Salt Lake primarily depends on the amount of inflow from tributary streams and the conveyance properties of the causeway that divides the lake into south and north parts. The conveyance properties of the causeway consist of two 15-foot-wide culverts, a 290-foot-wide breach, and permeable rock-fill material.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water and salt balance of Great Salt Lake, Utah, and simulation of water and salt movement through the causeway, 1987-98
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
2000-4221
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Salt Lake City, UT
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
viii, 32 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Utah
Other Geospatial:
Great Salt Lake