BATON ROUGE, La.( LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- BREC dropped more than 500 carp fish into City Park Lake near LSU in an effort to kick start algae clean up.
The lake has been hidden under a thick layer of algae since the summer months due largely to heat and shallow water. The fish are a control measure to help keep the algae from growing too much.
If the algae and overgrown plants underneath the surface continue to grow unchecked, the marine life under the water could be killed.
Amanda Tackas, BREC’s Assistant Director of Resource Management says the carp are only a temporary solution to one problem.
“The fish are going to help bring down the aquatic submerged vegetation below the surface which will help to balance out all of the things that are going on with the pond,” Tackas said. “But it’s not a permanent solution.”
The only way to completely get rid of the algae would be to dredge the lake, which is a process in the works under Governor John Bel Edward’s $50 million dollar clean up plan.
BREC experts counted exactly enough fish to eat the right amount of vegetation under the water. They also made sure the fish were sterile, so they wouldn’t overpopulate the lake.
They won’t completely get rid of the pests but they can help manage it until the lake is dredged.