Tag: Algae

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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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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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Harmful Algal Blooms Home

Due to state budget uncertainty, the Division of Water Quality cannot monitor, sample, or provide updates for harmful algal blooms on Utah waterbodies until at least July 1, 2020. Protect Your Dog Harmful algal blooms (HABs) develop when naturally occurring cyanobacteria in the water multiply very quickly to form green or blue-green water, scum, or …

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DEQ Budget Priorities 2018: Putting Our Values into Action

By Scott Baird The 2018 Utah Legislature kicks off its 45-day session today, marking the start of an exciting and occasionally hectic time for all of us at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Although we are neutral players in the legislative process, our directors and scientists are available 24/7 to answer questions, provide …

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Planning, Preparation Help DEQ Keep Tabs on HABs

By Suzan Tahir Some of you might have heard about harmful algal blooms (HABs), and some of you might not…yet. But HABs are happening nationwide, mostly in the warm summer months. As you know, we have trillions of bacteria (good bacteria and bad bacteria) living in our gut (gastrointestinal tract), and they coexist until something …

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Utah Poison Control Tackles Toxins during 2016 Algal Blooms

By Barbara Crouch, Guest Blogger DEQ invites guest bloggers to share their thoughts on issues that impact our environment. We appreciate their insights and the opportunity to broaden the conversation with others in the community. Most people think of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) as the go-to resource if their child/grandchild puts something in …

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DEQ’s Budget Priorities Reflect Our Values

By Scott Baird The 2017 Utah Legislature kicked off its 45-day session last week, marking the start of an exciting and occasionally hectic time for all of us at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Although we are neutral players in the legislative process, our directors and scientists are available 24/7 to answer questions, …

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Spills: Welcome to the Big Leagues, Rookie

By Kevin Okleberry It was on a bright Monday morning, July 11, 2016, when I walked into the Multi-Agency State Office Building in west Salt Lake City to begin my new job as the Spills Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) Division of Water Quality (DWQ). I was a bit nervous, but also …

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Ask DEQ, not Phil.

By:  Amy Christensen Two years ago, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had some very astute hunches that were confirmed by comprehensive state-wide research. Of the over 600 Utah households surveyed, only three percent could name DEQ as an environmental entity, and even less knew anything about what we do. By finding a way to …

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Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms through New Technologies

By Ben Holcomb Harmful algal blooms have been in the news a lot lately, from the massive scums lining the Florida coast to the blue-green mats that covered Utah Lake and forced its closure. Predicting when these blooms will occur is one of the greatest challenges we face at the Division of Water Quality (DWQ). …

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