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Harmful algal blooms occur when normally occurring cyanobacteria in the water multiply quickly to form visible colonies or blooms. These blooms sometimes produce potent cyanotoxins that pose serious health risks to humans and animals.Although most algal blooms are not toxic, some types of cyanobacteria produce nerve or liver toxins. Toxicity is hard to predict in part because a single species of algae can have both toxic and non-toxic strains, and a bloom that tests nontoxic one day can be toxic the next.

Real-Time Monitoring Networks

Check 2018 Monitoring Updates

Track monitoring updates as they are posted.

Protect Yourself

Learn about health risks to people and pets exposed to algal blooms and what you can do to recreate safely.

Learn About HABs

Got questions? Find more info about harmful algal blooms.

Find Guidance Documents

Retrieve helpful guidance documents and response plans. For agencies responding to harmful algal blooms.

Signage & Handouts

Go to Response Agency Resources for more resources.

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Warning Sign

Danger. Closed due to toxic algae. Keep out of water.

Danger Sign

2018 Advisories

Location Last Sample Date Advisory Level
None N/A N/A

2018 Monitoring Updates

Location Last Sample Date
Bear River August 1, 2018
Big Lake July 19, 2018
Calder Reservoir August 30, 2018
Deer Creek Reservoir October 18, 2018
East Canyon Reservoir September 10, 2018
Echo Reservoir September 17, 2018
Gunlock Reservoir August 8, 2018
Hoop Lake August 8, 2018
Jordan River and Canals September 11, 2018
Jordanelle Reservoir September 11, 2018
Manning Meadow Reservoir August 7, 2018
Mantua Reservoir July 19, 2018
Matt Warner Reservoir October 4, 2018
Mill Meadow Reservoir October 17, 2018
Montes Creek Reservoir August 29, 2018
Otter Creek September 24, 2018
Panguitch Lake October 31, 2018
Payson Lakes September 6, 2018
Pineview Reservoir September 10, 2018
Rockport Reservoir June 20, 2018
Salina Reservoir October 3, 2018
Scofield Reservoir October 30, 2018
Utah Lake October 22, 2018
Upper & Lower Box Creek Reservoirs July 16, 2018
Upper Kents Lake August 9, 2018

Report a Bloom

24-Hour DEQ Environment Incidents Line: (801) 536-4123

Call Utah Poison Control Center

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

Get BloomWatch App

Help us track cyanobacteria blooms with your smartphone. Go to cyanos.org for more info.