Environews: Toxic algae in Utah Lake

By Amy Brunvand

A toxic algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in July closed Utah Lake entirely to human activity. Although toxic algae growth may be due to normal lake cycles, it is also associated with fertilizer runoff, leaking septic systems, effluent from water treatment plants, animal waste from livestock and extreme heat. This year’s problem was magnitudes higher than in 2014, when two dogs died from exposure to toxic algae after swimming in Utah Lake.

This article was originally published on August 2, 2016.