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Caution: Harmful Algae Blooms Detected at Rockport Reservoir

Utah DEQ

An  advisory has been issued from  the Summit County Health Dept and the state Division of Environmental Quality—about  harmful algae blooms  detected  in Rockport  Reservoir.    

In a notice  issued Thursday,  the county said that the algal blooms are natural in lakes and reservoirs.   But  if a bloom develops, the toxins can be harmful to pets or people

It says while  the bloom at Rockport is currently isolated in a few areas, and doesn’t compromise drinking  water, recreationists should take precautions.

Visitors should avoid swimming or boating around areas of scum.   Pet owners should keep their animals from drinking or swimming near them.

The county says you can still fish in areas with a bloom.    But you should clean the fish, wash your hands with clean water, and discard  the portions of a fish, like fatty tissue and skin, where toxins concentrate.     Eat only the fillets.

The county and the state DEQ  are monitoring the situation, along with the state Division of Parks and Recreation,  Park City Water, the Mountain Regional District, and Weber Basin Water.

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