Current drought and high heat conditions in Utah are increasing the number of harmful algal blooms being found in the state’s bodies of water.
Utah Division of Water Quality Harmful Algal Bloom program coordinator Dr. Katie Fickas says it is common to see these types of algal in Utah, but it usually happens later in the year. She says the “lakes are getting started earlier” because of the increased heat and drought mixed with low water levels.
Fickas says swimmers and water recreators should avoid getting into the water if it looks green or if there are any indications it could contain harmful algal blooms. She says children and pets, who have the potential to get sick quickly, should especially avoid the blooms.
If you, your child, or your pet has been exposed to a harmful algal bloom, call Utah Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.