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Prior to the construction, extension, enlarging, remodeling, or modification of any public or semi-public swimming pool, wading pool, hot tub or spa, a plan review form must be filled out and submitted to the Routt County Department of Environmental Health.

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The criteria used in evaluating plans and specifications for swimming pools and spas are based on the State of Colorado Swimming Pool and Mineral Bath Regulations: 

Toxic Algae in Water Bodies 

Toxic algae or harmful algae blooms are made up of what many people call blue-green algae. Although these organisms naturally occur in Colorado waters, they become a problem when they multiply rapidly, resulting in a dense cyanobacteria concentration or “bloom.”  Harmful algae or cyanobacteria can look like foam, scum, paint, or mats on the surface of water and can be different colors. These blooms can produce toxins that make people and animals sick. Blooms occur in fresh water, such as lakes and rivers, and salt water, such as oceans or bays.

Toxic algae can affect the liver, skin, or neurological systems. The health impacts vary depending on the type of toxin and exposure. Symptoms of exposure may include skin irritation, gastrointestinal upset, fever, headache, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, and liver damage. Ingestion and direct skin contact are the typical means of exposure. 

Some (but not all) water bodies in Colorado are monitored and tested for toxic algae to protect the health and safety of water users. Always look for caution or warning signs before allowing children, pets, or yourself to come into contact with water. If you suspect toxic algae has made you sick, contact your local healthcare provider.

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