Potential toxic algae prompts health officials to close Ogden 21st Street Pond

Friday , September 08, 2017 - 6:07 PM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Weber-Morgan Health Department officials are warning locals to avoid the 21st Street Pond in Ogden

The health department issued a press release Friday afternoon saying the pond’s water tested positive for cyanobacteria. The organisms form an algae bloom that can produce toxins that pose health risks to people, pets and other animals, the release says. 

Signs will be posted around the pond warning people about the water’s potential health risks.

According to the release, the health department signs near the pond will tell people the following:

  • Do not swim or water ski.
  • Do not drink the water.
  • Keep pets and other animals away.
  • Use a separate water source to clean fish thoroughly.
  • Avoid areas of scum when boating.

Water samples have been sent to the Utah State Division of Environmental Quality for additional testing, the release says. Test results will be available as early as next week. 

Michela Gladwell, director of environmental health at the WMHD, said in the release the area is a popular spot for walking dogs, and encouraged residents and their pets to stay safe while the water goes through further testing. 

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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