- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State officials are reopening Utah Lake for boating now that a huge algae bloom appears to be decreasing, but they are still warning people not to swim or come into contact with the water.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said in a statement Thursday that new samples indicate that the harmful bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae is dissipating at most locations.

The lake had been closed since July 15.

The bloom grew quickly to cover the nearly 150-square-mile lake, sickening about 100 people with symptoms like vomiting, headache and rashes.

It also left farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year, but agricultural water restrictions were lifted after tests showed low levels of nerve and liver toxins.

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