Coalition Formed to Save the Bonneville Salt Flats

Apr 26, 2011

The Bonneville Salt Flats, a national landmark and the site of many great moments in motorsports history, have continued deteriorating due to salt brine removal from potash mining.

A number of industry organizations have joined together to form the Save the Salt Coalition to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF), according to a report recently released by SEMA.

The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt. Founding members of the Coalition include SEMA, the Bonneville Nationals (BNI), Save the Salt Foundation, Source Interlink Media, Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), SEMA Action Network (SAN) and Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA).

“The Bonneville Salt Flats is an essential element of American motorsports heritage,” said Doug Evans, executive vice president of Source Interlink Media and chairman of the Save the Salt Coalition. “Since 1949, Hot Rod magazine has covered the August speed trials and worked with government officials to permit continued racing. The legacy of land speed racing covers every imaginable type of vehicle, from hot rods to jet cars, electric cars and motorcycles. These efforts are a proving ground for new technological achievements in power plants, composite materials and aerodynamics.”

The Bonneville Salt Flats is the densely-packed salt remnants of an ancient lake bed formed over thousands of years, according to the Coalition’s website.

Located in northwestern Utah, the Flats originally measured 96,000 acres in size, but have been reduced to about 30,000 acres as a direct consequence of an adjoining potash mining operation.

The Flats were designated a National Landmark in 1975. The Coalition is seeking to protect the BSF and permit continued mining, according to a press release from the Coalition.

For more information, visit the Save the Salt Coalition website at www.savethesalt.org.