Tag: Algae

  • Mantua Reservoir

    Update November 7, 2019 The Bear River Health Department (BRHD) has removed the Danger and Warning Advisories on Mantua Reservoir. Toxin test results received from the Utah Public Health Lab (UPHL) for samples collected by the Division of Water Quality (DWQ) at the dock near the dam on October 25, 2019, and at the dock…

  • Panguitch Lake Closed Due to High Toxin Levels

    The Southwestern Utah Health Department has issued a Danger Advisory/Closure for Panguitch Lake based on extremely high toxin levels in the lake from an ongoing cyanobacteria bloom. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) contacted livestock operators in the area to recommend they prevent their cattle from drinking water from the reservoir and downstream…

  • 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…

  • Learn About & Check Utah Recreational Water Quality

    Related Links We monitor for two health concerns in popular Utah lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)can produce dangerous toxins that pose serious health risks to humans, pets, and livestock. These blooms develop when naturally occurring cyanobacteria in the water multiply very quickly to form green or blue-green water, scum, or mats. Waterborne…

  • Harmful Algal Bloom or Green Ooze? Call DEQ

    By Donna Kemp Spangler It was like a scene from Ghostbusters: a mysterious green ooze was bubbling up from a street drain in a Bluffdale neighborhood on July 21, prompting a social media frenzy that it was somehow connected to the harmful algal bloom that had engulfed Utah Lake and spread throughout the Jordan River…

  • Harmful Algal Blooms: When It Isn’t Good to Be Green

    Interview with Ben Holcomb If you’ve ever recreated at one of Utah’s lakes or reservoirs, you’ve probably seen areas where greenish scum was floating on the water or collecting on the shore. What you probably didn’t know — at least until this past week with the closure of Utah Lake — was that this bright-green water…

  • Water Quality: Sampling Confirms Toxic Bloom

    By Hilary Arens If you’ve ever recreated at one of Utah’s lakes or reservoirs during the late summer or early fall, you’ve probably seen areas where greenish scum was floating on the water or collecting on the shore. What you probably didn’t know was that this bright-green water is a sign of an algal bloom.…

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