Utah readying for green slime season

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  • rodan32 Orem, UT
    June 8, 2018 4:47 p.m.

    The fix isn't going to be easy. I'm not a hydrologist or a biologist, but the root causes seem to be two things: water temperature, and pollution from runoff/wastewater.

    Cooling the lake would require deepening the lake, an expensive and lengthy proposition. It's probably worth doing; we need to decide what we care about with our natural resources, and making Utah Lake better is part of that.

    Cleaning up the pollution is a challenge as well. Waste treatment facilities aren't really up to where they should be, and it's very expensive to fix. We also have no real regulation about runoff, which means that farms and lawns draining into the lake take fertilizer with that runoff water, which feeds the cyanobacteria (and puts strain on the fish). It's going to take money to fix, accompanied by stricter regulation. I like a green lawn; I do the weed'n'feed like everyone else. But if it's having an impact on the lake, we need to consider how we deal with this.

  • iceman96 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    If this is going to be a seasonal occurrence, I'm glad I never bought a house down there.