This year’s first algal bloom detected at Utah Lake

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UTAH LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News)- Health officials have detected this year’s first algal bloom.

The Divison of Water Quality pulled samples from Utah Lake on May 30th. They say the samples they took from the Saratoga Springs Picnic Area “significantly exceeded the recreation health-based threshold for a Warning Advisory for microcystin, with the surface sample registering microcystin levels 375 times greater than the advisory level”—in other words, the water is not safe for the public.

As a result, the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) has issued a Warning Advisory for the picnic area. The remainder of the lake is NOT under an advisory.

At this time officials say:

  • Do not swim or water ski
  • Do not ingest the water
  • Keep pets and livestock away
  • Clean fish well and discard guts
  • Avoid areas of scum when boating

Click here for updates on the algal bloom from the Department of Environmental Quality.

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