Lakewide advisory in place for Utah Lake after discovery of algal bloom

Local (Utah/State News)

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Utah County Health Department has issued a lake-wide advisory for Utah Lake.

The advisory was put in place after the health department is calling cyanobacterial cell counts or algal bloom were found in three open-water sampling locations.

These cells reportedly exceeded the recreation health-based threshold.

Officials are advising visitors to the lake to:

  • Avoid areas of algae scum when boating
  • Not swim or ski
  • Keep animals away
  • Do not ingest water
  • clean fish well and discard guts

The health department says exposure to algal blooms can cause GI distress, skin rashes, headaches, and nausea.

Exposure to an algal bloom can also be deadly for pets, according to the health department.

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