This page has news and information about the Save The Salt pumping and restoration project.
Audio of LandSpeed Louise on the
Rod Arquette show discussing the Salt Flats
Salt Conditions Article by Gordon White
Mr. White is a Smithsonian Institute
Motorsports Consultant and a lifelong Bonneville Racer.
|I made a trip to Intrepid Thurs. Feb 26th to see just how well the pumping
was doing, talked to Russ Draper he told me that they started the pumping
on Mon 2/23/09. As of Wed 2/26 they had pumped 25,000 tons of salt on
to the flats. The brackish water that is being pumped has 23% salt, this
is about the maximum that the pumps can handle.
Russ indicated to me that because of the trouble they encountered with the brackish well pump, they would not be able to pump as much as they would like to because they will need to start their production, he said he will keep us informed as to how much they are able to pump.
I took some pictures for every one to put on their websites.
What is SAVE the Salt?
It has come to our attention that
there are a number of folks out there that are not fully aware of
what our Save The Salt organization is all about.
Thanks to Mary West (Secretary of Save The Salt) for putting this history together and thanks to JoAnn Carlson (SCTA/BNI Office) for forwarding the note to us from a gentleman who is a new competitor at Bonneville. He said that he knew Save The Salt was important but he wondered what it was. By the way, he sent a donation along with his inquiry.
The Salt, a brief history:
By the early 1960's the pioneers of
Land Speed Racing began to notice
Rick Vesco, our first chairman of Save
The Salt, spearheaded the effort to meet with Utah State and Federal
Government officials as well as the Chemical Company to resolve
the problem of salt depletion.
The once healthy 18 plus inches of
salt had become so fragile that the Race
The Save the Salt Board has members
from the Southern California
The Lay down Project was to reverse
the process by pumping brine water back
From the beginning of the pumping project
racers began to notice changes in the surface.
Once again the Potash Plant has been
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Save the Salt fund may do so by mailing to:
Save The Salt
3673 Millikin Ave.
San Diego, Ca. 92122
Technical Advisors: Rick Vesco, Bonner Denton, Gordon Hoyt, Duane McKinney
Save The Salt Board:
Chairman: Larry Volk
Secretary: Mary West
Treasure: Mike Waters
Members of the Board:
BNI, Roy Creel
SCTA, Mike Cook
USFRA, Gary Allen
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