Sep 6, 2013 3:11 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
Atascadero city officials say the warm weather and low water levels at Atascadero Lake have led to a fish die-off.
The issue was discovered Friday morning. The city's Public Works Department says several hundred carp, bass and other fish have been found dead.
They say the dead fish do not pose a health hazard, but city crews are out at the lake collecting the dead fish to dispose of them.
City Manager Rachelle Rickard says the combination of the hot weather and lack of water created an algae bloom that affected oxygen levels in the lake, leading to the deaths of the fish.
Earlier this summer, the city added several pumps to the lake to circulate the water in an attempt to increase oxygen levels. Public Works officials say that move did help, and without the pumps, they likely would have seen fish dying sooner.
Crews have added three more pumps to the lake to help with circulation, and they will be monitoring oxygen levels in the lake throughout the weekend.
Public Works officials estimate the lake is only about 30% full and the deepest parts of the lake are only about four feet deep.
Rickard says they do not expect all of the fish in the lake to die. She says the lake and the fish population are expected to recover.
Photo courtesy: Alyse Holder
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