Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program

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Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program

The brine shrimp, Artemia franciscana, thrives in Great Salt Lake regardless of the salty water and fluctuating water temperatures. Although small, they serve as an essential food source for millions of birds that breed or stopover at Great Salt Lake during migration, and, in recent years, these shrimps support a multi-million-dollar commercial harvest. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has undertaken the duty of monitoring, researching, and protecting Artemia in Great Salt Lake in order to preserve this vital resource.

JRCA was selected to help GSLEP with programming and design of new administrative, laboratory, and operations facilities at the Ogden Bay Wildlife area. 

The main administrative facility houses offices, conference areas and the monitoring laboratory. DWR is constantly working with harvesters and staff researchers to monitor future harvest projections and insure compliance with proper harvesting regulations. The laboratory provides space for storage of samples and investigative areas to measure population sample information, to assist in verification of the potential condition of the overall brine shrimp population in the lake.

Collection of population samples is also a major activity. The Project has a maintenance and vehicle storage building for the maintenance storage of various types of ATVs and boats employed in the sample collection process.

  • Indoor vehicle storage & maintenance facility – 4,500 s.f.

  • GSLEP Main facility – 6,900 s.f.

  • Administration – 4,800 s.f.

  • Laboratory functions – 2,100 s.f.

Project Size: 11,400 S.F.

Completion: 2010