Water from the Utah's Great Salt Lake is increasingly being diverted to support the growing population at the expense of the environment.
The Great Salt Lake initially formed through precipitation and rivers fed by melting mountain snow. The lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric pluvial lake that once covered much of western Utah.
With more and more of the lake bed exposed, it means more locally severe salt and dust storms. Salt Lake City is already facing serious air pollution problems, particularly during events known as winter inversions.
Scientists say increasing water use may contribute to the complete disappearance of the Great Salt Lake in a matter of decades if action is not taken.