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Salt Delivery Program Proposed For Bonneville
August 10, 2017
Three organizations are in discussions with a potash mine operator on ways to increase the amount of salt brine being pumped onto the historic Bonneville Salt Flats. The goal is to create a ten-year pilot program to pump at least 1.2 million tons of salt a year.
Salt Delivery Program Proposed For Bonneville

As Speed Week celebrates its 68th anniversary, the racing community is exploring ways to help restore the Bonneville Salt Flats to its former glory.

Three organizations are in discussions with Intrepid Potash-Wendover, Inc., a potash mine operator, on ways to increase the amount of salt brine being pumped onto the historic site. 

The goal is to create a ten-year pilot program to pump at least 1.2 million tons of salt a year, more than double the current amount being pumped.

The expanded lay-down will build upon a 1997-2002 program which averaged 1.2 million tons yearly and increased the salt surface and underground aquifer that supports it.

Bonneville’s premier racing venue is actually the densely-packed salt remnants of an ancient lake bed formed over thousands of years,” said Doug Evans, Chairman of the Save the Salt Coalition. “The salt crust has been shrinking and thinning for decades due to both human and environmental factors. We welcome this team effort approach to helping return Bonneville to its former glory.”
 
The racers are represented by three organizations. The “Save the Salt Foundation” is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats. The “Save the Salt Coalition” is an umbrella group comprised of automotive and motorsports companies and organizations with a vested interest in this national treasure, while the “Utah Alliance” is a volunteer Utah-based advocacy group using its expertise and contacts at the local level.
 
Details about the ten-year pilot program are being refined and will be released in the coming months. The parties are working with the US Congress to develop appropriations legislation necessary to implement the plan.
 
For more information, visit www.savethesalt.org.