Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Great Salt Lake Research Grants

Request for Proposals (RFP) 2018

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands requests proposals for research projects that will assist the Division in becoming better-informed stewards of Great Salt Lake. It is the intent of the Division to gain a better understanding of the lake system which leads to informed decision making regarding long-term management of this important ecosystem.

The Great Salt Lake Tech Team, through its Research and Grants Subcommittee, has identified eight “hot topics” that research projects will address in Fiscal Year 2018, either individually or in combination:

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed eight "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Wetland Water Quality
  2. Wetland Water Quantity
  3. UPRR Causeway Breach
  4. Exposed Lake Bed and Air Quality Impacts
  5. GSL Brackish Bay Nutrient Budgets
  6. Fish and Benthic Invertebrates in Farmington and Bear River Bays
  7. Algae and GSL Phytoplankton
  8. Wetland Revegetation

Summary of 2018 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1. Atwood - USU   9. Kirby - UGS*  
2. Black - Westminster   10. Lin - UofU  
3. Brahney - USU   11. Riches - Naomi   
4. Carling - BYU*   12. Rowland - USGS*  
5. Downard - UDWQ*   13. Tarboton - USU  
6. Endter-Wada - USU   14. Vanden Berg - USU  
7. Jewell - UofU   15.  Wurtsbaugh 1 - USU*  
8. Kettenring - USU*   16. Wurtsbaugh 2 - USU*  

* Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2017

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed seven "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. UPRR Causeway
  2. Optimum Salinity 
  3. Low lake level research
  4. Exposed lake bed and air quality impact
  5. Bioherms/stromatolites
  6. Wetland water quality and quantity
  7. Wetland revegetation

Summary of 2017 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1. Atwood - USU   9. Perry - UofU*  
2. Baskin - USGS*   10. Rowland - USGS*  
3. Baxter - Westminster   11. Rupke - UGS*  Final Report
4. Black - Westminster*   12. Shope 1 - USGS  
5. Brahney - USU   13. Shope 2 - USGS  
6. Carling - BYU   14. Tarboton - USU  
7. Goel - UofU   15. VandenBerg - UGS  
8. Kettenring - USU*      

* Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.

 


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2016

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed six "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Bioherms/Stromatolites 
  2. Effects of dust from exposed lake beds of the Great Salt Lake 
  3. Impacts of increasing salinity on the biota of the Great Salt Lake
  4. Mercury
  5. Salinity balance and cycle
  6. Phragmites

Summary of 2016 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1. Angeroth - USGS   8. Kettenring - USU*  
2. Atwood - USU   9. Lin - UofU  
3. Baskin - USGS*   10. Rowland - USGS  
4. Baxter - Westminster* Final Report 11. Rupke - UGS* Final Report 
5. Carling - BYU* Final Report  12. Shope - USGS  
6. Johnson - UofU* Final Report 13. Susong - USGS  
7. Goel - UofU      

* Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.

 


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2015

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded four grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed eight "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Mercury
  2. Salinity balance and cycle
  3. Potential causeway modification impacts
  4. Phragmites
  5. Birds of prey
  6. Ecosystem services valuation
  7. Microbial diversity
  8. Deep brine laye

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Baxter - Westminster   6.  Kettenring - USU* Final Report
2.  Black - Westminster   7.  Null - USU* Final Report
3.  Carling - BYU   8.  Wurtsbaugh - USU  
4.  Goel - UofU   9.  Conover - USU*  
5.  Jewell - UofU*      

  * Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2014

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded four grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed eight "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Mercury: fate and transport
  2. Salinity balance
  3. Hydro-climate variability
  4. Potential causeway modification impacts
  5. Phragmites
  6. Ecosystem services valuation
  7. Microbial diversity
  8. Planning horizon of mineral extraction

Summary of 2014 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Angeroth - USGS/UWSC* Final Report  5.  Kettenring - USU* Final Report
2.  Carling - BYU   6.  Kiviat - Hudsonia Ltd  
3.  Goel - UofU   7.  Null - USU* Final Report
4.  Johnson - UofU/Westminster* Final Report 8.  Rompato - USU  

  * Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


 Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands requests proposals for research projects that will assist the Division in becoming better-informed stewards of Great Salt Lake. It is the intent of the Division that gaining a better understanding of the lake system leads to a better and defendable basis for management decisions that lead to maintaining this important ecosystem.

The Great Salt Lake Tech Team, through its Research and Grants Subcommittee, has identified seven “hot topics” that research projects will address, either individually or in combination:

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded five grants for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed seven "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Planning horizon for mineral extraction
  2. Mercury Methylation
  3. Mercury and the microbial sulfur cycle
  4. Salinity tolerances of brine shrimp
  5. Salinity balance
  6. Water Use and Climate Change
  7. Phragmites

Summary of 2013 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Ackerman, USGS*   7.  Black, ENVIRON  
2.  Gaddis, SWCA   8.  Null, USU  
3.  Angeroth, USGS*   9.  Black, Westminster* Final Report
4.  Goel, UofU   10.  Rompato, USU  
5.  Baxter, Westminster   11.  Cross  
6.  Kettenring, USU* Final Report 12.  Wurtsbaugh, USU* Final Report

  * Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2012

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded seven grants totaling just under $200,000 for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

This Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed seven "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Planning horizon for mineral extraction
  2. Gunnison Island Rookery
  3. Selenium
  4. Circulation Model
  5. Mercury Methylation
  6. Phragmites
  7. Water Quality Criteria

Summary of 2012 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Ackerman, USGS*   6.  Naftz, USGS*  
2.  Baxter, Westminster* Final Report 7.  Sipos, Bio-West  
3.  Johnson, UofU* Final Report 8.  Thompson, Bio-West  
4.  Kettenring, USU* Final Report 9.  Wurtsbaugh, USU* Final Report
5.  Marvin-DiPasquale, USGS*      

 * Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2009

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded seven grants totaling over $200,000 for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

The Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed five "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Effects of diking on Great Salt Lake
  2. Effects of a drying lake on human health, ecosystem health, and the economy of Utah
  3. Methods to assess habitat quality of Great Salt Lake (which may include identifying indicator species)
  4. Mercury
  5. Monitoring

Summary of 2009 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects plus some final reports

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Ackerman, USGS    7.  Brown, DWR  
2.  Wurtsbaugh, USU* Final Report  8.  Kettenring, USU  
3.  Baxter, Westminster* Final Report  9.  Naftz, USGS* Final Report
4.  Denbleyker, CH2M Hill* Final Report 10.  Avery, Westminster  
5.  Cavitt, WSU*   11.  Sipos, Bio-West*  
6.  Johnson, UofU* Final Report 12.  Tarboton, USU  

* Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2008

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands at the recommendation of the Research and Grants subcommittee of the Great Salt Lake Technical Team awarded four grants totaling over $230,000 for research project work on the Great Salt Lake. With an extremely short turnaround time of three weeks the screening team reviewed 18 excellent proposals totaling $842,000 in grant requests and over $1.1 million in total project work. Proposals came from universities, government agencies, and private consulting and/or research firms.

The Request for Proposals asked for projects that addressed four "hot topics" of broad interest on Great Salt Lake:

  1. Effects of diking on Great Salt Lake
  2. Effects of a drying lake on human health, ecosystem health, and the economy of Utah
  3. Methods to assess habitat quality of Great Salt Lake (which may include identifying indicator species)
  4. Mercury

Summary of 2008 Projects

Cover Sheets for all proposed projects plus some final reports

The following files are in pdf format. You need the free Adobe Reader to view PDF files.

1.  Brunelle, UofU   10.  Mulcahy, Cadmus* Final Report
2.  Cavitt, WSU*   11.  Naftz, USGS* Final Report
3.  De La Hoz, Bio-West   12.  Pardyjak, UofU  
4.  Denbleyker, CH2MHill   13.  Redman, HydroQual  
5.  Goel, UofU   14.  Shade, Quicksilver  
6.  Harker, BYU   15.  Sipos, Bio-West  
7.  Horsburgh, USU* Final Report  16.  Spall, USU  
8.  Hoven, IWS   17.  Weimer, USU  
9.  Johnson, UofU   18.  Wiggins, Redcon  

* Denotes grant award. Final Report links will be posted when finalized.