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BREAKING NEWS Fish die-off at Atascadero Lake

Modified: Friday, Sep 6th, 2013


Photo by Luke Phillips An Atascadero Public Works crew member works to clean up more than 2,000 pounds of fish Friday in a sudden die-off resulting from low water and oxygen levels at the Atascadero Lake. For more photographs, get a copy of the Wednesday, Sept. 11 Atascadero News.


City public works crews cleaned more than 2,000 pounds of fish from the Atascadero lakeshore Friday resulting from a sudden die-off.

"We knew the oxygen levels were getting low; we tested them [Thursday] and saw they were getting low, said Bob Joslin, Atascadero public works operations manager. We went [Friday morning] to test them again and saw the fish were dead on the shore.

Joslin said drought conditions this year have produced a quickly evaporating body of water at the Atascadero Lake Park, one that now holds its deepest points at just four-to-five feet, a good eight feet lower than the lake is at its fullest.

The low water levels mean lower oxygen content for the fish, and that brings a deadly consequence for the animals.

Part of the problem is that the so-called lake is not really what its name implies.

Its not really a lake, its a big pond, and when the water gets hot, it starts to stagnate, Joslin said. Were being as proactive as we can. We do what we can do, but with this weather and the low levels, theres not a lot we can do. Its a natural phenomenon, and its happened before.



For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.

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