Category: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Harmful Algal Bloom Spreads in Utah Lake

The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) has issued a Warning Advisory for Utah Lake due to toxin levels that exceed health-based thresholds. UCHD advises people, their pets, and other animals to stay out of Provo Bay, Lincoln Marina, Sandy Beach, and the Utah Lake State Park Day Use area.

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Other Resources:
Harmful Algal Blooms

General Information National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Harmful Algal Blooms What is a harmful algal bloom? How do we forecast harmful algal blooms? Are all algal blooms harmful? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms in Water Cyanobacteria/cyanotoxins Health and ecological effects Harmful Algal Blooms and Nutrient Pollution Basic information from the …

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Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Response Plan:
Harmful Algal Blooms

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has developed a Response Plan to inform, educate, and engage with agricultural producers when water-quality issues arise from HABs. Quick response and notification of farmers and ranchers about the possible harmful effects of HABs to their crops and livestock will help them make critical decisions regarding water …

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2020 Recreational Health Advisory Guidance for Harmful Algal Blooms

In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepared draft human health guidance on the potential health effects of recreational exposure to microcystin and cylindrospermopsin, two cyanotoxins found in harmful algal blooms. The new guidance uses the latest scientific information on adverse human health effects from exposure to cyanotoxins and cyanobacteria and includes guidance on the …

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Keeping Tabs on HABs

Summertime means movie sequels. Star Wars, The Avengers and Jurassic Park return to theaters this year. Also making a comeback are harmful algal blooms.

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Recreation During Harmful Algal Blooms

Jump to: Children Pets Fishing Water Algal blooms occur most frequently in nutrient-rich waters during hot, calm weather. Many lakes and reservoirs in Utah are subject to these conditions during the summer and early fall. Toxic blooms in recreational waters can cause illness in humans and kill livestock and pets that drink the water. The …

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Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms

Jump to: Children Animals Symptoms Toxins References & More Info Harmful algal blooms contain cyanobacteria that can cause skin irritation, gastrointestinal illnesses, and in some cases, produce toxins that cause serious health impacts to people, livestock, and pets. You can be exposed to the harmful effects of cyanobacteria by: Getting them on your skin while …

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Protect Yourself During Harmful Algal Blooms

How to stay safe… … if you suspect a harmful algal bloom Don’t swim in water that appears to have a harmful algal bloom. Don’t boat, water ski, or jet-ski on scummy water. These activities can cause toxins to become airborne, increasing the likelihood you will inhale them. Don’t let children play with scum in …

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Response Agency Resources:
Harmful Algal Blooms

Jump to: Recreational Health Advisory Guidance Drinking Water Response Plan Other Resources Harmful algal blooms (HABs) pose a threat to Utah’s water-based recreation, culinary water supplies, aquatic ecosystems, and agricultural and residential (secondary) irrigation uses. Multiple agencies manage and protect these uses and users. DEQ has worked with its partners to craft guidance to help …

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HABs Monitoring Updates 2018

2018 Updates Bear River Last Update: August 14, 2018 Last Sample Date: August 1, 2018 Big Lake Last Update: July 25, 2018 Last Sample Date: July 19, 2018 Calder Reservoir Last Update: September 10, 2018 Last Sample Date: August 30, 2018 Deer Creek Reservoir Last Update: November 21, 2018 Last Sample Date: October 18, 2018 …

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