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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.

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.



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



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