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Lake Suffers Minor Fish Die Off

City Issues Stage 1 Lake Watch Alert and Mobilizes all Crews

Post Date:08/03/2017 4:10 PM

The City of Lake Elsinore has announced a Stage 1 Lake Watch Alert to put everyone on high alert about the vulnerability of a fish die off in Lake Elsinore. Today, the Lake suffered a minor fish die off. Most of the fish were threadfin shad or large carp.

In response, our teams mobilized quickly and have successfully cleared most of the fish along the lake’s shoreline. In recent years, the City acquired a surf rake, which is working well to quickly and effectively clean up the shoreline.

Today’s minor fish kill is the direct result of low water levels, increasingly hot temperatures during the day and night, a fishery imbalance and declining dissolved oxygen levels for sustained periods of time. A fish kill is nature’s way to rebalance the fish population and improve the overall health and quality of the lake.

As part of Stage 1, the City is asking our regional partners, businesses, community groups and residents to be engaged and prepared. The City and our teams remain on High Alert and we are prepared to address any additional concerns in the coming days.

Find out more and find updates about the lake at www.lake-elsinore.org/lakewatch

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