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Utah Lake algae bloom declining, DEQ says

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Last week’s storms appear to have dispersed the algae bloom in Utah Lake, according to a report from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Counts of cyanobacteria in the lake were well below the threshold for advisory warnings, and very low levels of anatoxin-a were detected in the Jordan River, the department said.

Warnings have been in place on the lake since late June, advising people not to swim or water ski.

Those advisories may be lifted if the trend continues for two consecutive weeks, according to DEQ.

DEQ will be taking more samples from the lake on Thursday and next Monday to determine if advisories can be adjusted for parts or all of the lake or if they should remain in place.

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