NUTRIENT LOADING AND
HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS

The water of Utah Lake is overloaded with the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen that create boom and bust cycles of algae growth. This algae overgrowth is bad for the lake and surrounding communities. Some algae release toxic chemicals that negatively impact humans and wildlife. When masses of algae die, decomposing bacteria use up all the oxygen in the water, suffocating other aquatic life.

HOW WILL DREDGING PREVENT FUTURE ALGAL BLOOMS?

The foundation of the Utah Lake Restoration Project is dredging the Utah Lake bottom to remove nutrient loaded sediments that feed toxic algal blooms. Dredging will also deepen the Lake to reduce forces that can disturb the lake bottom and create deep-water channels that improve circulation and cool the water.

Watch as some of our experts explain algal blooms on Utah Lake and how the Utah Lake Restoration Project will greatly reduce the possibility of algal blooms in the future:

ALGAL BLOOM CONTRIBUTORS

This diagram from USGS.gov shows nutrient sources and other factors that contribute to harmful and toxic algal blooms and why they are a problem.

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