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Deer Creek added to list of Utah waters where toxic algal blooms are present

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 09:45:16-04

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — The Wasatch County Health Department has issued a "Health Watch" for Deer Creek Reservoir due to the presence of potentially harmful algae.

Samples were collected and officials are awaiting test results.

According to a Facebook post, Deer Creek remains open. Those recreating are advised to not swim, water ski, or boat in areas of scum. Fishing is allowed but anglers should clean fish and their gear well.

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Poster warns of toxic algal bloom at Deer Creek Reservoir

Pets should not be allowed near water where an algal bloom is present.

Algae occurs naturally in bodies of water, and occasionally, large accumulations of cyanobacteria can result in the formation of a potentially harmful algal bloom.

There have been algal blooms at several lakes, reservoirs and streams this summer.

For more information on harmful algal blooms, visit habs.utah.gov.