Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Potential Harmful Effects--General

There are potential health impacts, some of them serious or lethal, to people and animals that come in contact with cyanotoxins. Cyanobacteria can disperse throughout or concentrate within the waterbody. Therefore, when a problem is present caution should be used throughout the entire water body and distribution of water sources.

Animals--Livestock

  • Ingesting water with cyanotoxins or mats of cyanobacteria cells
    • Symptoms may include vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, convulsions, difficulty breathing, and general weakness. There have been livestock deaths from toxic algae exposures and water consumption.

 

  • In some cases, animals may choose a cyanobacteria source over clean water, even if a clean water source is available. Animals may eat mats of cyanobacteria slime. Therefore, animals should be restricted from cyanobacterica sources and be provided a clean source of drinking water.

The above information applies to agricultural producers and private owners of large animal breeds. For accurate information about pets, please contact your veterinarian or your local county health department for more information.

 

Fish

  • Research has shown that cyanotoxins can bio-accumulate in tissue of aquatic organisms.  The amount of bioaccumulation will depend on the cyanotoxins present, toxin concentrations, exposure length, fish species, as well as other variables.
  • UDAF does not have jurisdiction over aquatic wildlife in public waters.  Wildlife within this state, including aquatic wildlife, falls within the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife Resources.   
  • UDAF licenses private aquaculture facilities and fee fishing facilities.  If a HAB occurs at an aquaculture facility or fee fishing facility, UDAF could confirm the presence of a HAB, and supply guidance on managing the HAB.

 

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Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Publications

HAB three-fold Flyer/Brochure

 

2017 UDAF Algae Response Plan

 

 

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2018

September 24, 2018--The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is issuing a "danger" advisory for Panguitch Lake due to hazardous levels of toxic algae. People and animals should keep out of the water until further notice. Warning signs are being posted at the lake and health officials will continue to sample and monitor the water there.

August 17, 2018--Due to elevated toxin levels in the water in Mill Meadow Reservoir in Wayne County, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is recommending farmers and ranchers exclude livestock from drinking from those water sources for the time being.

“The best guidelines I have suggest that beef cattle consuming a primary water source with microcystin levels over 200 ug/L could start to experience serious health effects in as little as 24hrs,” said Dr. Chelsea Crawford, Assistant State Veterinarian, UDAF.

“I would immediately advise producers to prevent any animals from accessing the potentially toxic water source and provide an alternative,” added Crawford.

UDAF is working with Wayne County Emergency Management to locate alternative water sources for livestock. If livestock owners need assistance with locating an alternative water source, they should contact Wayne County Emergency Management.

UDAF also encourages irrigators using those water sources to use water resistant gloves when changing water and to otherwise avoid direct skin contact with the water.

These suggested measures are not mandatory.

 

2017

July 12, 2017--Based on test results reported on July 12th, the level of cyanotoxins in Utah Lake is NOT considered a health threat to livestock at this time.  According to Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Chelsea Crawford, cyanotoxin levels in the lake may change rapidly, and livestock and pet owners should monitor local news media for information. Read the entire statement.

July 12, 2017 -- Latest news and updates from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Water Quality (DWQ) concerning Utah Lake algal blooms. Go to the DWQ update page.

 

2016

UDAF lifts advisory against using Utah Lake water for food & livestock irrigation.

 

 

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Interagency Coordination

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Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Division of Water Quality (DWQ)

http://deq.utah.gov/Divisions/dwq/health-advisory/harmful-algablooms/guidance.htm

Benjamin Holcomb - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 801-536-4373

Jodi Gardberg - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 801 536-4372

Division of Drinking Water - DEQ Spill (HAB) Hotline 801-536-4123

 

Utah Department of Health

County Health Departments http://www.ualhd.org/index.html

 

Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Division of Water Rights – Kent Jones and Boyd Clayton

Division of Wildlife Resources – Drew Cushing

Division of Water Resources– Todd Adams

 

Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM)

Bob Carey - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sheila Curtis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

County Emergency Managers (Attachment B)

 

Farm Bureau – Matt Hargreaves

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            Phone: 801-233-3003

 

 

Subject Matter Coordination Contacts

Dr. Hall – Utah State University – DVM – Toxicologist

Phone: 435-770-6774

 

Theron Miller – POTW Representative -435-604-3772

 

Christine Cline – USF&WS Toxicology

https://deq.utah.gov/Divisions/dwq/health-advisory/harmful-algal-blooms/docs/HAB-Carcass-Collection-SOP.pdf

 

Pinar Omur-Ozbek, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1372

Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 242

Phone: 970-491-6670 Fax: 970-491-7727     

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Webpage: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/

 

Jay Olsen, Environmental Specialist

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

350 North Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500

Office 801-538-7174

Cell: 801-718-0517

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Marisa Van Dyke, M.S. | Environmental Scientist
Co-Lead of Freshwater HAB  Program

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP)

CA Environmental Protection Agency

CA State Water Resources Control Board

1001 I Street, MS 19B
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 322-8431

 

Michelle Deras – Weber Basin Water Conservancy District – 801-771-1677

 

Rushforth Phycology

Sam Rushforth - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarah Jane Rushforth - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 801-376-3516

 

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What are Utah’s top 10 Ag. producing crops (pg. 30)? How much agriculture land is in farming (pg.22), and what county produces the most cattle (pg. 67)?
All those questions and more are answered in the latest edition of the UDAF Annual Report and USDA Ag. Statistics Report.

Also read Commissioner LuAnn Adams and Governor Gary R. Herbert's comments about Utah agriculture.

 

 

 

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