Tag: Algal Bloom

Jordan River

Warning Advisory for HABs Issued for Jordan River and Canals

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has issued a Warning Advisory for the Jordan River and its canals after samples showed levels of anatoxin-a that exceed the recreation health-based threshold. Health officials advise people to stay out of the water and keep dogs from entering or drinking river water. Toxins present at this level have not been shown to present a health threat to people kayaking or boating on the surface of the river, but recreationists are advised to avoid areas of scum.

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Utah Lake

Lincoln Beach/Marina at Utah Lake Closed Due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) closed the Lincoln Marina due to exceptionally high cyanobacteria cell-count concentrations. UCHD also posted Danger/Closure signs in the Lincoln Beach area of Utah Lake.

Swedes Access (Provo Bay), the State Park Day Use Area, and Sandy Beach areas continue to be under a Warning Advisory.

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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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Recreational Health Advisory Guidance:
Harmful Algal Blooms

Jump to: Health Advisories and/or Beach Closures Waterbody Sampling (SOPs) Fish and Wildlife Mortality Sampling (SOPs) Fish Consumption from High Cyanobacteria Count Areas There are no official regulatory or health-based standards for safe levels of cyanobacteria or toxins in recreational waters. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient …

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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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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 …

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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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Water Quality: Holding the line on Nutrient Pollution

By John Mackey So what is it about nutrients in our water that’s such a big deal? The waters I recreate in aren’t green and soupy; in fact, they look pretty good and have plenty of fish. If I opened the tap and my water was cloudy or had a peculiar smell, I would be …

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