Harmful algal blooms spread across Utah’s waterbodies

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – New safety warnings are in effect on account of harmful algal blooms spreading across Utah’s waterbodies the Utah Department of Environmental Quality released.

“Algal blooms love the heat,” DEQ’s Ashley Sumner states. “They love the warm water…creating great conditions for algae blooms to thrive.”

According to the DEQ people must be vigilant when swimming or fishing at the infected waterbodies. But this year, do to the extreme drought there are more blooms than last summer. Several locations are under an advisory warning.

“When there are lower water levels the nutrients that create algae blooms are more concentrated,” Sumner adds. “People can still recreate on the water.”

But Scofield Reservoir under a danger advisory.

“Fishing is still allowed,” Sumner states. “But, we are really asking people to mostly stay out of the water. There is a highly toxic bloom that can be deadly.”

Safety reminders include not swallowing the water and rinsing body and hands with fresh water after getting out of infected water.

For a full list of infected water click here.

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