Bonneville Salt Flats to Receive Deliveries of...Salt?
The Bonneville Salt Flats– they are the home of speed and the origin for the naming of one very dated Pontiac.The densely packed salt pan in northwestern Utah is home to five major speed events every year, but the Salt Flats are actually losing salt, and groups aim to fix that.
Since the 1940s, the Bonneville Salt Flats have been losing salt. Aftermarket custom group SEMA has teamed up with the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to form the Save the Salt Coalition. There have been efforts in the past to restore the salt bed to its previous condition, but this represents one of the most comprehensive efforts.
Speed-hungry motorheads have been taking to the Bonneville Salt Flats for 100 years, and some of the salt covered areas are exposing the layers beneath. In the last several years, millions of tons of brine has been pumped into the flats, but more is needed.
As part of the most recent effort, 2,000 tons of dry salt have been dumped on the most effected areas, and graded to a hard pack which will make it once again suitable for racing. According tog the report from AutoEvolution, this is just the first phase in a larger effort to restore the salt flats.
It is refreshing to see an area that is being used by enthusiasts also be restored by enthusiast groups, without complete shutdown from environmental groups. Too often there is the “all-or-nothing approach,” but this appears to be a coexistence that is not seen for many places where man meets nature.