BREC releases statement following small fish kill at City Lake Park

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Algae blooms, shallow water, and high temperatures are the factors that contributed to a small fish kill, and BREC officials possibly anticipate more to come.

The organization released a statement saying the conditions are the result of a shallow lake and high nutrient loads through stormwater inlets.

Since the lake is so shallow and the water so warm, it is not able to hold a lot of dissolved oxygen which fish need to survive.

At night when the sun goes down and when it is cloudy, the vegetation does not generate as much oxygen, which can result in fish death.

BREC is continuing to monitor the conditions of the lake and anticipates that if warm conditions continue, there will be more fish kills.

This is not a new problem as there have been recorded in both lakes consistently since 1948.

BREC is working to bring the lake back to a healthy state by filtering out any unnecessary nutrients.

“We realize that utilizing carp or introducing a chemical solution is a short-term solution as the imbalance in the lake is caused by a combination of lack of depth and heat,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. 

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