Update: Scofield Reservoir reopened for fishing, boating following closure due to algal bloom

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 15, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Southeastern Utah District Health Department officials have reopened Scofield Reservoir for boating and fishing two weeks after an algal bloom forced its closure.

The department said Wednesday in a news release tests indicate that algae and toxins have decreased sufficiently to not post a threat to on-the-water recreation.

“However, we caution against recreational activities that require immersion in the water such as swimming or water skiing,” the news release said.

“Toxin levels immediately below the dam have also decreased and fishing is safe in those waters. Fish should be cleaned with fresh potable water. Animals should stay out of the water.”

Scofield water will still be monitored for algae and potentially harmful toxins.

The department restricted the recreational use of Scofield Reservoir Aug. 31 because of harmful algal bloom that may have posed a serious health risk to the public and animals.

For questions about Scofield Reservoir, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or the SUHD at 435-637-3671. For questions about the drinking water supply, please contact 435-637-6351. For more information, click here.


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