For many years the Bonneville Salt Flats have been challenged as a result of the failure of the Bureau of Land Management to protect and preserve the BSF as they are required to do by law. For the second time in recent history, the private sector stepped in to fill the void created by the BLM.
Ten years ago, Reilly Industries stepped up and volunteered to replenish the salt by pumping millions of tons of salt on the Salt Flats. BLM studies showed that the actions of Reilly stabilized the Salt Flats and arrested the loss of salt from the famous crust.
Ten years later we have Reilly’s successor, Intrepid Potash, to thank for protecting this national landmark. They have volunteered to permanently return to the BSF as much or more salt as has been removed. Going further, Intrepid has agreed to meet with the Save the Salt Coalition to find even more ways to restore the BSF to its historic dimensions. We all owe Intrepid our appreciation for its unique steps to recognize the importance of this area that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Save the Salt will continue its efforts to restore the BSF. We will be seeking a return to the Salt Flats all user and license fees received by the BLM. The BLM must engage in efforts to restore the BSF and they must start by using fees they receive from users to find salt that can be added to the BSF to compensate for the salt that has been lost over the last 60 years. We will also seek legislation to mandate the BLM to engage in remedial efforts to restore the BSF that have suffered as a result of BLKM deficiencies.
We are asking for your help in forcing the BLM to do what is right. Please join us in this important effort. We are contacting every member of Congress to inform them of the state of the Bonneville Salt Flats and we hope you will as well. Our congressional representatives must hear of the value of this national landmark and its demise under the jurisdiction of the BLM. They must be told that it is critical that the BLM engage in aggressive efforts to restore the BSF.
Your can find the people who represent you in the Congress by going to www.contactingthecongress.org. Type in your zip code and click "submit it." This will provide the information you need to e-mail or phone your representatives. Do it today.