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Hot Rods UTAH VOTES $5 MILLION TO RESTORE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

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  1. LSL
    Joined: Jul 23, 2009
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    LSL
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    from missouri

    Salt Lake City, UT—Pop the champagne! Rattle your salt shaker! It’s time to celebrate! The Utah State Legislature approved a $5 million appropriation to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats as part of the state budget.

    In the past few weeks, Utah legislators received upwards of 1,000 emails from the motorsports community which helped focus much needed attention on the critical funding request. The money will help support a program to restore the iconic land formation in northwestern Utah.

    “This marks the first public dollars appropriated to restore the depleted salt surface since the land speed racing community began its quest more than 30 year ago,” said Save the Salt Foundation Vice Chairman Tom Burkland. “This is a job well done. Land speed racers the world over say, ‘Thank You Utah!’”

    Lawmakers authorized the Utah Department of Natural Resources to create a “Restore Bonneville” program to increase the volume of salt being pumped onto the Bonneville Salt Flats by Intrepid Potash, Inc. Racing community representatives have worked with lawmakers, regulators and Intrepid Potash, Inc. to craft the 10-year project. Salt brine pumping levels will dramatically rise as a result of infrastructure upgrades. The racing venue should gradually expand from its current length of about 8 miles with the goal of reaching its original 13-mile length.

    State funds become available on July 1, 2019. Utah lawmakers made the appropriation contingent on securing a commitment for monies from outside sources. The bulk of the estimated additional $45 million needed over 10 years will come from the federal government, with contributions as well from the motorsports community. Attention will now turn to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to appropriate funds and make commitments so that Restore Bonneville becomes a reality.

    The Bonneville Salt Flats is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Save the Salt Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats working with the Utah Alliance, a Utah-based organization with the same mission. The Save the Salt Coalitionis an umbrella group comprised of automotive and motorsports companies and organizations with a vested interest in this national treasure. For more news, information: www.savethesalt.org.

    Media contact: Louise Ann Noeth 805.312.0893 | louise@savethesalt.org
     
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  2. Three cheers for the state of Utah, Save the Salt Foundation, BLM, and the U.S.Congress (when they get on board). Long overdue attention to a national treasure.
     
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  3. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
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    from indiana

    that's great! haven't been there yet but it is bucket to do! soon!!!
     
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  4. Excellent work Louise and the whole Save the Salt Collation
    Let's go racing!
     
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  5. 26hotrod
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    WOW there must be some hotroders/racers in the powers that be in UTAH!! A good reason to move there....
     
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  6. 63Compact
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    Great news.
     
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  7. mtkawboy
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    They need to stop the removal of the salt but its a start !
     
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  8. catdad49
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    Fantastic News!
     
  9. Buddy Palumbo
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  10. Offset
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    from Canada

    Who says there is no good news. Well done folks.
     
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  11. HuskerNation
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    Shockingly Great News!!!!!!


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  12. stanlow69
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    I bought a Save The Salt poster over 25 years ago.
     
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  13. 51504bat
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    Great news. Bonneville is on my bucket list. I just ordered a T shirt and decal and made a donation even though Uncle Sam kind of got in my shorts for taxes this year. But what the hey, you can't take it with you, right?
     
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  14. Mr48chev
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    I think I bought one about that same time.
    I cant find a photo of the setup to pump the salt back to the salt flats after the potash has been extracted though.
     
  15. ckdesigns
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    Thank God my state taxes will finally do something useful
     
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  16. RDR
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  17. Jalopy Joker
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    Terriic start but, getting the Federal commitment will be no small task
     
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  18. aircap
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    Got a link to a news story about this?
     
  19. Hombre
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    This is great news have been there many times and still enjoy like it is the first.
     
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  20. Wonderful news!!!!!!! savethesalt.jpg
     
  21. 48fordnut
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    What a great use of Tax money. Wonderful.
     
  22. thirtytwo
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    Gooberment could blow 5 mil in a blink of the eye with just a “study” on what they think might help the salt
     
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  23. chevrolet50steve
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    chevrolet50steve

    If only UK could do something good like this as well with all our tax money we pay,too many drag strips,racetracks being forced to close down!!
     
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  24. oldbanger71
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    A Hooray for Utah and the saltflats.... DSC_0113.jpg
     
  25. 51504bat
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    Placed my T shirt and sticker order along with my donation on the 14th and I received in today's mail. 4 days from order to delivery, can't beat that! 20190318_122420.jpg
     
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