TriCounty Health Warns of Algal Blooms in Basin Reservoirs

TriCounty Health has issued warnings for two Basin reservoirs due to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). As of July 3rd, yellow warnings have been issued for both Calder and Matt Warner Reservoirs. A yellow warning means that swimming is restricted and boaters need to use caution, though fishing is still considered safe. TriCounty Health is using the announcement as a good time to remind the public to always pay attention to signs posted at reservoirs and lakes regarding recreational safety. Warning signs were posted at both Calder and Matt Warner Reservoirs before the July 4th holiday to ensure the public’s safety during peak recreation days. “The signs are an important indication of water safety levels,” shares TriCounty Environmental Health Director Darrin Brown. “Watch for signs at lakes and pay attention to signage color. If the signs are red, avoid all contact with specified bodies of water.” Harmful Algal Blooms are the result of normally occurring cyanobacteria multiplying quickly to form visible colonies, impairing the water quality with toxins that can have severe effects on health. If you think that you or your pet has been exposed to a Harmful Algal Bloom, call Utah Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. TriCounty Health asks anyone that sees abnormal, fluorescent-like algae on a body of water and around the shoreline, to call 435-247-1160.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.