Warning Advisory issued for Mantua Reservoir due to high levels of bacteria in algal bloom

Image courtesy of Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

MANTUA – Due to high levels of bacteria found in Mantua Reservoir the Bear River Health Department Tuesday issued a Warning Advisory for the reservoir.

Appearing on KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday afternoon, Andrew Stokes of Bear River Health said users of the reservoir were warned against swimming or water skiing in the area, advised not to drink water and encouraged to keep pets and livestock away while avoiding areas of scum when boating.

Stokes said fishing is still allowed but he cautions fish must be cleaned well and the guts must be discarded.

We don’t know how long this warning will remain in effect,” said Stokes. “We will test it again and once those results come back below the threshold is when we can remove that warning advisory and people can go back to doing what they do.”

When Brigham City staff observed a possibly harmful algal bloom at the reservoir the Division of Water Quality sent a staff member to the reservoir August 15 to collect samples.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has provided information about the health effects of harmful algal blooms on their website.

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