Upper Kents Lake Algal Bloom Monitoring 2018

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Upper Kents Lake sits at an elevation of 8,989 feet and is located in the Fishlake National Forest near Beaver.

Update August 14, 2018

The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) observed a bloom at Upper Kents Lake on July 17, 2018, and took a surface sample for lab analysis. Although the cyanobacteria cell counts were well below the recreation health-based threshold at 6,976 cells per milliliter (cells/ml), Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) lab analysis found anatoxin levels of 0.23 micrograms per liter (µg/L) in the sample, which exceeded the threshold for a Warning Advisory. However, microcystin levels of <0.10 µg/L were well below the threshold.

DWQ visited the lake again on August 9, 2018, and observed the continued presence of a bloom. The bloom was thickest along the shores with remnants floating further out in the water column. Test strip results, however, were non-detect for both anatoxin-a and microcystin.