Large Fish Kill At Alligator Bayou

From Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Tuesday July 28th:

Damages to the Spanish Lake Basin from change in water level continue.

PARIEVILLE, LA – A large number of dead fish floated up to the end of Alligator Bayou today near the control structure that connects it to Bayou Manchac. Foul odors had been noticed in the area starting around Wednesday of last week but the large numbers of dead fish were only noticed today. It appears that it could have been easily a few hundred fish that were killed. Species that have been seen include many catfish, gar and buffalo. These species, particularly the gar, are generally tolerant of adverse conditions.

Unfortunately this is not a complete surprise. It was expected that, with the extremely low water levels that were recently implemented, the water would become starved of oxygen and choked with algae, phytoplankton and potentially higher concentrations of waste materials.

We think that it is a tragedy that this treasure, which has been used by so many people over many generations to hunt, fish and recreate, is being badly damaged and rendered unusable.

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~ by vermilionaire on July 29, 2009.

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