Diverting more water could pose serious health and economic threats to Utah.
Follow-up: The drying up of the lake can’t be blamed on the current drought, this is a human-induced modification of the environment. This lake is not exceptional, even if the imagery is startling. Like many lakes in dry climates with growing populations, the people are using the freshwater flow into the lakes more extensively than they have in the past. The Great Salt Lake, the Aral Sea, Lake Chad, Lake Urmia, and the Dead Sea are all drying up.