Bloom B Gone

Welcome to Bloom B Gone, a groundbreaking initiative led by students at Utah Valley University. Our mission is to combat harmful algal blooms in Utah Lake by using genetically engineered Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to reduce nutrient loading.

Project Objective

Our primary aim is to genetically engineer the nontoxic green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to intake excess phosphorus and nitrogenous compounds. This, in turn, will reduce the nutrient loading in Utah Lake and help prevent harmful algal blooms.


Nutrient loading is a critical environmental concern, often leading to harmful algal blooms that deplete oxygen levels in water bodies, thus affecting aquatic life and human health. Our project addresses this urgent issue.

Our Approach

The project involves a series of lab experiments, genetic engineering, and tests to ensure the effectiveness of our solution.

Utah Lake from Above

The Problem at a Glance:

The Numbers Speak: Why Our Work is Crucial

  • 18 harmful algae blooms reported in 2020
  • 65 cases of human illnesses linked to algal blooms
  • 12 animal illnesses reported
  • July 2020 had the most reported cases
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