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7/31/07-Canton

Something's Fishy In Local Lake

Alen Odich loves fishing in his backyard, but last Friday, he noticed something wasn't right.

"We woke up, and I looked out the window, and it was just like a fish graveyard out there," says Alen.

Thousands of dead fish were floating on top of the water, because there wasn't enough oxygen below the surface.

Rick Malone with the City of Canton says, "It's cloudy.  Nothing's producing oxygen in the lake,  photosynthesis wise, so the oxygen level keeps depleting."

Today, the city pulled out what it believes is the last of the dead fish, but the lake is still off limits to the public.

"We just want to keep people from swimming in the lake due to the large amounts of bacteria that are present in the lake now, because of the dead and decaying fish," says Rick.

Plans are in the works to aerate the lake which the city says will help, but Texas Parks and Wildlife won't be restocking it until the oxygen levels return to normal.

"We hope that within a month or a month and a half the lake will start showing a definite improvement," says Rick.

Until then, there will be no more fishing for Alen.

"I'm pretty disappointed, but what can you do?"

And the only thing allowed to take a dip are the local ducks.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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