Algae Bloom

Otter Creek,
Manning Meadow,
and Mill Meadow Reservoirs

Harmful Algal Bloom Warnings

Central Utah Public Health Department (CUPHD) has been notified by the State Dept of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) about harmful algal toxin levels in 3 local bodies of water in Central Utah.
Otter Creek Reservoir is a popular fishing and boating reservoir in south eastern Piute County, near the junctions of State Highways 62 and 22, between Kingston and Antimony.  DEQ update:
Manning Meadow Reservoir is a fairly remote reservoir located on Monroe Mountain in the Fish Lake National Forest, popular for fishing. DEQ update:
 Mill Meadow Reservoir is a popular fishing reservoir located Northeast of Fremont, UT, near State Highway 72. DEQ update:
Results of recent water tests at all 3 bodies of water show concentrations of algal toxins above recommendations for recreation.
Cyanotoxins can cause skin irritation and other harmful effects. The most common responses to exposure are gastrointestinal illnesses and skin irritation, although some toxins can cause liver, neurological, or respiratory problems. Health effects to be aware of include; headache, fever, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, skin irritation &/or itching, eye irritation, and allergic reactions. Gastrointestinal effects may begin within 3-5 hours, and last 1-2 days. Skin irritation may occur if you swim or wade in contaminated water.
Children and pets can be at a greater risk than adults, due to their smaller body size and being more likely to ingest the water if playing in or swimming in the water.
If you choose to eat fish caught in contaminated waters, remove fat, skin, and organs before eating and wash well with fresh water.
DEQ FAQ sheets on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s):

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