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Officials: Algae bloom cause of massive Vets Lake fish kill

A massive blue-green algae bloom last week is being blamed for killing all but a few of the fish in Veterans Memorial Lake.

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Sadly for the fish in Veterans Memorial Lake last week, it was a perfect storm.
State health officials are blaming an explosive toxic blue-green algae bloom for the massive fish kill at the lake last Thursday. The indiscriminate event claimed the lives of thousands of fish, regardless of size or species, leaving only a handful alive.
“The algae sucked all the oxygen out of the water,” said Dan Wells, Kansas Department of Health and Environment district environmental administrator. The KDHE sent a team to Great Bend Friday to investigate the incident.
“It’s been calm, warm and sunny,” Wells said ...


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