Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has spread throughout 90 percent of Utah Lake, according to Donna Spangler, Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman. In addition to the lake, a warning has been issued for Jordan River and all canals related to it. As far as Utah Lake, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has said to avoid watering livestock and/or fruits and vegetables with the lake water, and anglers have been warned not to eat fish caught after July 10th.
The lake tested positive for the algae-related toxins on the 13th of July, and experts believe the high levels will continue for many more weeks (due to high temperatures and elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water). People and animals are also warned to stay away from the water, especially pets and small children.
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