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.
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.
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.
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.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Division of Water Quality (DWQ)
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)
County Emergency Managers (Attachment B)
Farm Bureau – Matt Hargreaves
Subject Matter Coordination Contacts
Dr. Hall – Utah State University – DVM – Toxicologist
Theron Miller – POTW Representative -435-604-3772
Christine Cline – USF&WS Toxicology
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
Jay Olsen, Environmental Specialist
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
350 North Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6500
Marisa Van Dyke, M.S. | Environmental Scientist
Co-Lead of Freshwater HAB Program
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
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.