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Reservoir reopens for boating after toxic algae closure

Posted September 15

— A popular reservoir in east-central Utah closed due to a toxic algae bloom is open again for fishing and boating.

Environmental quality authorities said Wednesday that new tests show toxin concentrations in the water at Scofield Reservoir is safe for those activities, but officials are still recommending people stay away from swimming or immersing themselves in the water.

Pets and livestock should also stay out the water located about 40 miles from Price.

The reservoir was closed for recreation use two weeks ago after thousands of small fish called chubs died in the area affected by the bloom.

The reservoir provides drinking water to about 15,000 thousand people in the area, but toxin levels were low to non-detectable in the part of the lake where the drinking water is drawn from.

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