Utah Lake algae situation improves; no toxins found in water or crops

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an update on Friday, July 22 with good news about the Utah Lake algal bloom. The update stated that “based on the latest algal cell counts and toxin data, the algal bloom on Utah Lake appears to be decreasing.”

In addition, “The analysis of all water samples taken between July 14th and July 19th for the cyanotoxin saxitoxin failed to detect the toxin in any of them.”

Testing of crops also failed to show the presence of toxins.

While the situation has improved, the DEQ also notes that the algal bloom may return if conditions favorable for growth of cyanobacteria return. These conditions include hot weather and low water levels in Utah Lake, both of which are predicted to continue for the rest of the summer.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates as needed.