• Great Salt Lake;
  • lake management;
  • systems approach;
  • Utah

ABSTRACT. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is a highly complex system, consisting of physical and chemical lake properties and environmental and societal subsystems. Components of these subsystems interact in many nonintuitive ways, with the result that changes and management decisions in one part of the lake system can produce unexpected changes elsewhere. The management history of the lake does not show serious consideration of these interconnections, although recent efforts suggest that this may be changing. Legislative and financial support will be required if integrated management of this unique resource is to succeed.