HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are made of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), can occur in lakes and reservoirs and may contain toxins that are a health hazard to animals and humans.The most common symptoms of exposure to HABs include gastrointestinal illness and skin irritation. Some toxins can cause liver, respiratory, or neurological problems. HABs may look like pea soup, green or blue paint, or a scum layer floating on surface.
What To Avoid
- Water that looks like spilled paint or antifreeze.
- Water that has surface scums, mats, or films.
- Water that is discolored or has streaks.
- Water that with green globs floating below the surface.
Avoid Swallowing Lake Water
Report HABs to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. If you become exposed to HABs, contact Utah Poison Control.
(see contact numbers below)