Evaporating Shorelines
April 4, 2012 12:49 PM   Subscribe

Evaporating Shorelines
This is a documentary film, regarding Great Salt Lake in Utah. Proposed expansion of Great Salt Lake minerals, offers to destroy much of the wetland environment of the lake, in tandem with water diversions from all sides. Shirley Gorospe sank her personal monies into making this film. I donated images along with other Utah photographers. The Army Corp of Engineers has OK'd projects on the lake with little to no oversight. Classic case in point is the ill-advised railroad causeway, that belted the lake across the middle and modified the halves of the lake, making the north half useless for brine shrimping.

With water to the west of the lake going to Las Vegas, out of the Great Basin, and central Nevada, and diversions to the north and south, Utah faces a heavy metal version of the Gobi Desert. This is about Apollo Global Management making money on the turn over when the expansion goes through, and about Utah's dedication to making money at all costs to the environment.
Role: Photographer
posted by Oyéah (2 comments total)

I am by no means the only photographer working on this project, but I did land the opening photo, by means of donating a large number of images right up front. I receive satisfaction as compensation, and later trouble ever working for the state in any capacity...
posted by Oyéah at 4:32 PM on April 4, 2012

The Great Salt Lake is smelly, beautiful, singular. Every time I drive out there with my dad I have to bite my tongue to keep from yelling at him to stop the car every five minutes because I just want to take pictures of everything.

What a horrifying thought that it could all go away. Thanks for sharing this.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:41 PM on April 14, 2012

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