Utah’s Outdoor News 8-24-18

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Utah's outdoor news for the week of August 24th, 2018. This week we saw some beautiful storms pass through and give us some much needed water. Sadly the storms didn't re-route the smoky air to some crappy state like Arizona, or Wyoming. One of the main causes of smoke across the Wasatch Front is the Mendocino Complex fire. This fire alone is already over 415 thousand acres. Meanwhile the Coal Hollow fire near Spanish Fork is near 30 thousand acres.

Wasatch Mountains.

How to use algal blooms to your benefit

In the news this week Lindon Marina tested positive for high levels of cyanobacteria cell concentrations aka algal bloom. Several news station's rushed to the lake to take pictures of the algal bloom. Guess what, there were none. So they had to show pictures of the algal bloom warning signs or show stock footage of algal bloom's from the past. Where did the algal bloom go? Also why didn't they report the water was clear? Before I answer these questions we need to understand how algal blooms occur, and the testing that is done to confirm them. Algal blooms happen in shallow water after several days of high temperatures and low winds. The algal blooms are usually isolated to small portions of the lake. State workers and a group of volunteers take samples of lake water several times a summer then send the samples to a lab at the University of Utah. The span from sample to test confirmation generally takes about 10 days.  About two weeks ago we had an algal bloom pop up inside the marina at Lindon Marina. The water was tested and was confirmed to be an algal bloom. Although soon after the test sample was taken, several storm systems came in and cleared out the algal bloom. Fast forward a week after the bloom is cleared out, the press release comes out and warning signs are posted. By now the algal bloom is long gone, but the news isn't going to report on that. As a outdoor hobbyist, knowing this information can be very beneficial to you. For instance, due to the warnings, Lindon Marina isn't currently charging visitors for entry. They won't stop anyone from entering the marina &  neither will the county. If you go to the Lindon Marina right now you're likely to have a fishing or boating spot all to your self. I'm not trying to say that algal blooms aren't dangerous, but they are easy to spot. If the water is clear there is no algal bloom and you should be safe to enter. If there is a big nasty green film all over the water, then stay out of that area. Like I said before generally these blooms only happen on small portions of the lake, so avoiding the bloom shouldn't be difficult. The current lab testing for algal blooms isn't going to speed up anytime soon. If you see on the news there was an algal bloom around the time of a storm system coming through. Instead of avoiding that area of the lake, run there for some solitude.

Utah Lake Lindon Marina.

Outdoor News

With urbanization sprawling west, one of the most important landscapes in the western hemisphere—the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake—is at risk of disappearing. - CityWeekly.net.
Officials issue flood warning, flash flood watch for Southern Utah as heavy rain falls. - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Utah Lake's Lindon Marina closed due to algal bloom. - HeraldExtra.com.
Zion National Park officials release plan for south entrance redesign, invite public comments. - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Diamond Fork Road closed after storms cause mudslides. HeraldExtra.com.
Flying Monkeys bike race team disperses; members to ride for high school teams. - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Why you must buy your Utah ski season pass so early (whether you like it or not). - UtahOuside.com.
New Ogden water plan in place, aged system will require new work and more funds. -Standard.net.
Sharing Marysvale with the world. Paiute Trail Jamboree. - RichfieldReap.com.
Moab Travel Council produces visitor videos to lessen tourism impacts. - MoabTimes.com.
After 1,000 trips to the summit of Timpanogos, Ben Woolsey is king of the mountain. -DeseretNews.com.
Range Creek welcomes back the Colorado River cutthroat trout. Wildlife.utah.gov.
'His eyes were pinned on me': Mountain lion stalks, injures Utah bow hunter. - KSL.com.
Lake Powell’s mussel infestation continues to worsen. - CedarCityUtah.com.

Upcoming Events

Timpanogos Cave to close on Labor Day due to construction on new visitor center. - KSL.com.
Uintah Basin Adventure Days is August 25th. - DWR Facebook.
Fish Lake Perch tourney giveaway is September 1st. - DWR Facebook.
Waterfowl hunting clinic is September 8th at Desert Lake Waterfowl Management area. - DWR Facebook.
Kokanee Salmon viewing day at Jordanelle Reservoir is september 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Kokanee Salmon viewing day at Strawberry Reservoir is September 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Kokanee Salmon Viewing day at Sheep Creek(Flaming Gorge) is September 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Youth general rifle any bull elk September 15th - 23rd.
General muzzleloader deer is September 26th - August 4th.
General any weapon spike and any bull October 6th - 18th.
Early general any weapon deer October 10th - 14th.
General any legal weapon deer October 20th - 28th.
General muzzleloader elk hunt October 31st - Nov 8th.

Fishing report

Lake Powell fishing report August 21st. - LakePowellLife.com.
Giant trophy Striper caught at Lake Powel. -LakePowellLife.com.
River Conditions Fishing Conditions Summary - WesternRiverFlyFishing.com.
DWR weekly fishing reports. - Wildlife.utah.gov.

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