Flooding at the Great Slat Lake could become a major disaster through the high cost of coping with the rising level, sudden collapse of protective levees, failure of pumping to the West Desert to induce increased evaporation, or, fiscally, by a rapid drop in the lake level just after a large protective decision making in the private sector, provide for the design of hydrologically safe levees, and optimize pumping schemes for moving water within a partitioned lake. Doing so will require crossing major theoretical frontiers in the study of basin scale hydrology in an arid climate and for forecasting extreme high flows over extended periods.
James, L. Douglas, "Expected Water Surface Levels for the Great Salt Lake" (1987). Reports. Paper 349.