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Officials Blame Fish Kill on Algae Blooms
Last fall, more than 200 dead lake trout were discovered in Lake Auburn, Maine. Studies are being performed by local water quality staff to determine what caused the water quality issues. They would like to determine if excess nutrients, erosion, land uses, climate – anything that might be adding to problems in the lake.

Officials blame the death of the fish on algae blooms for creating conditions leading to the fish kill. An early spring and hot summer created optimum algae growth, while heavy June rainstorms added nutrients to the water.

 
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Algae Bloom Warnings are Overblown - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued a toxic algae bloom warning for Black Lake, located in the northern part of New York. Blue-green algae blooms produce toxic microcystis, a chemical with potentially deadly consequences for animals and people who ingest it. Water samples taken from bloom areas were 20 times higher than the recreational contact suggested limit, causing the DEC to issue the warning.


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