With summer in full bloom and temperatures climbing, algae will be climbing as well and harmful cyanobacteria wreaking havoc on waterways. Utah Lake, at Pelican Point Marina in Saratoga Springs, is already dealing with the tell-tale signs of harmful bacteria with blue-green algae mucking up the water. To shed light on the situation, Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City interviewed Greg Page, Regional Sales Manager for ATS Innova. Read about the interview and how ATS proposes to help mitigate the problem with EarthTec, ° aiding in cyanobacteria removal, thus reducing algal blooms in the future.
Recent History of Utah Lake and Cyanobacteria
Typically, algal blooms don’t occur until the heat of summer produces hot, sunny days and stagnant weather conditions. Urban run-off nutrients and water levels also play a part in when these blooms occur. Cyanobacteria increases risks to aquatic, animal, and human health. In past years, cyanobacteria resulted in algal blooms on Utah Lake and this year is no exception – which is also troubling since this year it’s been cooler and wetter than normal.
On the Saratoga Springs Pelican Bay Marina side of the lake, the Saratoga Springs Water Department confirmed the algal bloom this month. Greg explained to Fox 13 News why the Utah Lake system is so complex and why there’s no easy solution to preventing algal blooms, as well as what ATS Innova is working on regarding preventative and quick response options to hazardous algae blooms. “We submitted a proposal to the Utah Lake Commission for a pilot/trial/preventative/response treatment of algae blooms using EarthTec,” he said.
Why Cleaning up Utah Lake is Such a Challenge
Page, speaking with a Fox 13 News reporter explained the situation at Utah Lake and why it’s such a challenge to control the algal blooms. “There’s no easy way to fix this. There are so many types of algae that one will bloom, then the next will bloom, then another,” Page said. However, these early algal blooms surprised both Page and Utah Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Donna Spangler. The Lake’s been higher than it’s been in several years. Right now, it’s only a foot below full. The last time that happened goes back to 2011.
Because algae can adapt to various conditions, it makes it a challenge to treat and predicting where it will crop up, is even more challenging. Even though the algal blooms aren’t affecting the health of fish in the water, it can cause some serious health issues with humans from skin rashes to neurological and liver damage. Pelican Bay is the only area affected by algal blooms, but as summer heats up, other areas may be affected so an aggressive cyanobacteria removal protocol is imperative.
Contact ATS Innova for Cyanobacteria Removal
If you’re dealing with the challenges of cyanobacteria removal, thus algal blooms, we can help. Our water experts carry knowledge of what solutions work best for water and wastewater treatment. Contact us at 855.215.4600 and we can assess the situation and recommend the best solution. We look forward to aiding you in whatever water treatment challenges you may face as we strive to be Stewards of Humanity and Improving LIFE, One Drop at a Time.