Wyoming Department of Health Issues New Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) Recreational Use Advisories

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Wyoming Department of Health Issues New Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) Recreational Use Advisories

The Wyoming Department of Health has issued harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB) recreational use advisories for Big Sandy Reservoir, Eden Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, West Granite Springs Reservoir, Pathfinder Reservoir, Saratoga Lake, and Woodruff Narrows Reservoir. The Wyoming Department of Health is working directly with resource management agencies to ensure that signs are posted at all waterbodies with advisories. Additional details regarding advisories as well as other HCB resources can be found at WyoHCBs.org.

WDH issues recreational use advisories when cyanobacterial cell densities or cyanotoxin concentrations pose a risk to people engaging in swimming or similar water contact activities in areas where cyanobacterial blooms occur. HCBs may also pose a health risk to animals. Bloom advisories are issued when a HCB is present and toxins may be present. Toxin advisories are issued when cyanotoxins exceed recreational thresholds. Waterbodies under an advisory are not closed since HCBs may only be present in certain areas and conditions can change frequently. Advisories will remain in place until blooms have fully dissipated and cyanotoxin concentrations are below recreational use thresholds identified in Wyoming's HCB Action Plan.

If you encounter a potential HCB, the Wyoming Department of Health and Wyoming Livestock Board recommend the following:

  • Avoid contact with water in the vicinity of the bloom, especially in areas where cyanobacteria are dense and form scums.
  • Do not ingest water from the bloom. Boiling, filtration and/or other treatments will not remove toxins.
  • Rinse fish with clean water and eat only the fillet portion.
  • Avoid water spray from the bloom.
  • Do not allow pets or livestock to drink water near the bloom, eat bloom material, or lick fur after contact.
  • If people, pets, or livestock come into contact with a bloom, rinse off with clean water as soon as possible and contact a doctor or veterinarian.

Questions about health effects and recreational use advisories can be directed to Courtney Tillman, Surveillance Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health, at courtney.tillman@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5522. Questions regarding cyanobacteria sampling can be directed to Kelsee Hurshman, Natural Resource Analyst, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, at kelsee.hurshman1@wyo.gov or (307) 777-2073.

Current HCB Recreational Use Advisories

Waterbody Name Observation or Sampling Location(s) Advisory Type Date Issued
Big Sandy Reservoir West Shore, Dam Area Bloom 7/28/2021
Eden Reservoir South Outlet Bloom 7/28/2021
Flaming Gorge Reservoir Buckboard Marina, Firehole Beach Bloom 7/29/2021
West Granite Springs West Causeway Bloom 7/29/2021
Leazenby Lake South Beach Bloom 7/20/2021
Pathfinder Reservoir Bishops Point Bloom 7/29/2021
Saratoga Lake West Boat Ramp, West Beach Bloom 7/29/2021
Woodruff Narrows North Boat Ramp Bloom 7/28/2021