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Mantua Reservoir Algal Bloom Monitoring 2020

Due to state budget cuts, the harmful algal bloom program is being funded by EPA through a one-time grant. This limits DWQ’s monitoring to 18 priority waterbodies in Utah.

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If you believe you or your pet have been exposed to a harmful algal bloom, call (800) 222-1222.

Update September 2, 2020

Monitoring and Sampling Update: On 8/26/2020, the DWQ HABs monitoring team visited Mantua Reservoir. The monitoring team observed a harmful algal bloom at the beach that appeared as grass clippings on or within the water surface and/or water column. Cyanotoxin and cell density samples were collected. Results show toxigenic cyanobacteria cell count density at 10,018 cells/mL and microcystin, a liver toxin, concentrations at 0.16 ug/L.

Mantua Reservoir Closeup

Mantua Reservoir Closeup, August 26, 2020


Update August 19, 2020

Mantua Reservoir was visited August 13, 2020. A surface sample consisted of >1.4M cells/ml of cyanobacteria. A depth-integrated composite sample consisted of 319K cells/ml of cyanobacteria. Both samples exceed the recommended recreational threshold for toxin-producing cyanobacteria concentration (100K cells/ml). The cyanobacteria bloom is dominated by Dolichospermum, a known toxin-producer. Cyanotoxin results are pending


Update August 14, 2020

August 4 Toxin Results

  • NW shore: 3.2 ug/L microcystin (surface)
  • Boat ramp: 0.43 ug/L microcystin (surface); n/d (depth-integrated composite)

Update August 6, 2020

The Bear River Health Department has issued a Warning Advisory for Mantua Reservoir and will post signs at the waterbody.

Drone footage taken on the morning of 08/06/2020 shows a lakewide surface bloom.

Drone footage from the NE shore of the reservoir.

Drone footage from the NE shore of the reservoir. Image Credit: Nathan Guymon


Update August 04, 2020

On August 04, 2020, the DWQ HABs monitoring team visited Mantua reservoir and observed a high density, lakewide bloom. Samples were collected at the NW Beach area and the Boat Ramp. Toxigenic cyanobacteria cell density at both locations were found to be between 5 to 10 times above the UWQ and Utah Department of Health recommended warning advisory threshold of 100,000 cells/mL. Toxin results are still pending.


Update July 31, 2020

Note: This is not a formal advisory level but rather an indication that a bloom may exist or become more severe based on available information from Utah DWQ and Utah Department of Health.

On Friday July 31, 2020 Brigham City Public works observed a high-density HAB along the shoreline and dock of the reservoir. The bloom appears to be the highest magnitude this season. DWQ sampling crews sampled a lower magnitude bloom on Monday, July 27th and those toxin results are pending from the EPA lab. Bear River Health Department has been informed.

Drone footage from the NE shore of the reservoir.


Update July 24, 2020

On July 24, 2020 Toxin results from ChemTech-Ford Laboratories for came back non-detect for microcystin, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin, and nodularian samples taken at the NE Shore of the reservoir on 07/21/2020.


Update July 21, 2020

On July 21, 2020, the DWQ HABs monitoring team visited Mantua reservoir and observed a HAB at the NE shore. The dominant HAB material consisted of spilled paint and isolated clumps. The bloom was located predominantly at the surface only (top few inches). Samples (surface, composite) were collected at this location.
A bloom was also observed at dock. The dominant HAB material consisted of spilled paint.


Update July 19, 2020

On July 19, 2020, DWQ was updated by the UDAF Animal Health Program that a dog died of liver necrosis and symptoms consistent with cyanobacteria toxicosis after swimming in Mantua Reservoir the first week of July. Necropsy results are still pending.