Stay out: All of Utah Lake now under algal bloom warning

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  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 12:57 p.m.

    @ Impartial7

    Where are you getting that information? Have there been sediment studies showing high levels of heavy metals? Have there been fish studies showing heavy metals in their tissues?

    If what you say is correct, it would already qualify as a Superfund site and the dredging would be paid for with federal funds.

    But I think you are incorrect, so we would have to find a way to pay for it ourselves.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 8:32 a.m.

    Stop putting all those fertilizers on your lawn. A healthy lawn needs none.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 8:16 a.m.

    "The time to dredge the lake is overdue. A deeper lake would be a cooler lake and not prone to algal blooms."

    Not possible. After 8 decades of dumping heavy metals and toxic chemicals from steel mills, into Utah Lake, dredging the sludge would result in a billions of dollars Superfund site. Utah businesses ruined that lake for future generations. And today's developers are continuing that trend.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 10:10 p.m.

    The time to dredge the lake is overdue. A deeper lake would be a cooler lake and not prone to algal blooms. Utah lake also loses 50% of its inflow to evaporation. This also concentrates nutrients for the algae. A cooler lake would also slow evaporation. Utah has a great water supply, but is lacking in water storage infrastructure.

    Utah Lake loses about 350 acre-feet of water per year to evaporation. If everyone xeriscaped there yards and only showered and flushed once a week, we could not come close to saving that much water. A clean lake would also generate more recreational use, which would generate money.

    We have a giant lake, let's use it wisely.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    Yep. Keep building new subdivisions and pump their waste water into Utah Lake and hope the issues go away.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:21 p.m.

    And our leaders keep pleading for control of more public lands.