PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Utah County Health Department officials have updated advisories related to the algal bloom in Utah County water bodies. Changes in advisories are based on recent testing results and monitoring, and are as follows:
- Sandy Beach: changed from a CAUTION to WARNING advisory
- Saratoga Springs Marina: changed from a CAUTION to WARNING advisory
- Lincoln Beach: remains CLOSED
- All other areas remain at a CAUTION advisory
- Box Lake: changed from a CAUTION to WARNING advisory
- Big East Lake: remains at a WARNING advisory
- McKellen Lake: remains at a CAUTION advisory
“We are just now approaching the typical algal bloom season,” said Ralph Clegg, UCHD, Executive Director. “It really is not surprising that we are seeing the algal bloom issues resurface as we get ready to head into Fall.”
Utah County Health Department along with Utah Department of Environmental Quality will continue to monitor and test bodies of water showing signs of algal blooms.
The public should not swim in water bodies under a WARNING advisory. While boating activities are allowed, people should avoid areas of scum. In areas with a CAUTION advisory, swimming and other water activities are allowed, however, people should stay out of areas of scum. Pets and livestock should not be in or drink the water at any advisory level.
Although algae are a natural part of many freshwater ecosystems, under the right conditions they can proliferate to create large algal blooms. These blooms can contain harmful cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria (often referred to as blue-green algae) that produces toxins that can pose risks to humans, wildlife, domestic animals and fish.