ENVIRONMENT

More algae blooms in Utah might pop up because of the warm temperatures

Mar 22, 2024, 6:00 PM | Updated: Mar 25, 2024, 7:48 pm

Warmer weather could mean Utah sees more toxic algae blooms this spring and summer....

A fisherman disassembles his pontoon boat at Utah Lake's Lincoln Beach on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The Utah Lake Commission and partners are pilot-testing two different treatments for algae at the lake. Lindon Marina and Lincoln Beach marina will both undergo treatments this summer. Both locations will be accessible for recreation use and the difference in water quality will be noticeable.

SALT LAKE CITY — In Utah, Algae blooms aren’t typically on the radar until the summer. But experts are keeping a close eye on conditions this year.

“Some factors we look at this early are: What’s our spring runoff going to look like and what is our seasonal temperature forecast looking like?” said Hannah Bonner, an environmental scientist for the Division of Water Quality.

The spring outlook shows warmer-than-average temperatures for spring.  This could mean that algae blooms will show up sooner or grow bigger in Utah reservoirs.

“Increasing temperatures in our springs and summers do create those environments,” said Bonner.

Some of Utah’s shallower bodies of water like Utah Lake and Mantua Reservoir are especially prone to the blooms because shallower water heats up more quickly.

“Bacteria tends to grow quicker and is happier when there are warmer temperatures,” said Bonner.

The saving grace could be our snowpack. The more runoff we get, the deeper and cooler our lakes will be. This could keep the algae blooms at bay a little longer.

However, more runoff means more chances of water being contaminated by bacteria.

If there is a strange color to the water or there are plumes that resemble pea soup, it’s best to stay out of the water.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Environment

Water releases are being conducted at Panguitch Lake dam in order to prevent a big crack from from ...

Peter Johnston

100 high-hazard dams remain a risk across Utah, assistant state engineer says

Following the discovery of a large crack in the Panguitch Lake Dam, one expert said that 100 other dams pose a high risk.

17 hours ago

Hikers explore a trail, hiking is good for health, be it mental or physical...

Tim Hughes

Take a hike, it’s good for your health

As the weather warms up, consider hiking for your health. Research shows it provides not just physical benefits, but mental ones too.

18 hours ago

A snow-dusted peak in the Manti-La Sal National Forest...

Mariah Maynes

Manti-La Sal National Forest officials announce prescribed burns

Forest fire officials announced three prescribed burns for areas within the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

19 hours ago

A hiker walks along the trail on Ensign Peak, Search and Rescue teams issue reminder about hiking s...

Alexandrea Bonilla and Emma Keddington

Search and Rescue teams issue reminder about hiking safety

Search and Rescue teams are reminding hikers about safety when hiking after a hiker got lost this weekend.

22 hours ago

Volunteers gather at Pedal and Pick at Jordan Park in Salt Lake City to celebrate earth day...

Mariah Maynes

How did April 22 become Earth Day?

20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day in 1970. Nowadays, the event is a global affair.

1 day ago

An assortment of vegan, organic, locally sourced, and wild caught food products all using plastic p...

Associated Press

How one grocery shopper takes steps to avoid ‘pointless plastic’

Nature wraps bananas and oranges in peels. But in some modern supermarkets, they're bagged or wrapped in plastic too. For one shopper, it's too much.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

More algae blooms in Utah might pop up because of the warm temperatures