Algal blooms sighted in several area reservoirs

The Sweetwater County Health Department has some helpful pointers to help you avoid exposure to algal blooms in several reservoirs.

FARSON – DEQ has discovered harmful algal blooms (cyanobacteria) at the Eden Reservoir, Big Sandy Reservoir (west of the dam) and the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Firehole Beach.

“Based on the blooms seen, they issued a warning to the public health service and said the DEQ website will be updated later today,” said Ronda Zancanella, Public Health Response Coordinator. “The water samples are being tested and the actual results are still pending.”

Samples have been collected and results are pending. Until the results are confirmed, the following is recommended:

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  1. Avoid contact with water near the flower.
  2. Do not ingest water from the flower.
  3. Rinse the fish with clean water and only eat the fillet portion.
  4. Avoid splashing water from the flower.
  5. Do not allow pets or livestock to drink water near the flower.
  6. If humans, pets or farm animals come into contact with a flower,
    Rinse with clean water and consult a doctor.

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