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Algal Bloom warnings increased in Utah County

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 16:03:59-04

PROVO, Utah – The Utah County Health Department has changed algal bloom warnings in 3 bodies of water from caution to warning.

The latest advisories are based on recent test results and monitoring, health officials said.

Here are the current advisories:

Utah Lake:

  • Sandy Beach:  Changed from caution to warning advisory.
  • Saratoga Springs Marina:  Changed from caution to warning advisory.
  • Lincoln Beach:  Remains closed.
  • All other areas remain at caution advisory.

Payson Lakes:

  • Box Lake:  Changed from a caution to warning advisory.
  • Big East Lake:  Remains at a warning advisory.
  • McKellen Lake:  Remains at caution advisory.

The public should not not swim or allow pets in water bodies under a warning advisory, where algal blooms contain a type of bacteria that produces toxins that can pose risks to humans, wildlife, domestic animals and fish, according to health officials.