Nature At Work…no cause for alarm
Recently residents are again seeing a fish die off. This is something that we have seen before and again are looking into with the same vigour as before. The last die off was in 2009 and that information, including the results of fish autopsies can be found in the Related Links section below if anyone is interested. We would encourage all waterfront residents to please scoop as many dead fish as possible out of the water and dispose of them either through burying or the green bin.
This year we have seen very little algae so far but a much greater bounty of weeds coming to the surface. We have found that on years where the ice comes off early and the weeds can get established that we do not get an early algae bloom, in years like last year where there is a late melt followed by weeks of warm weather the algae can get a good hold. This is all natural and exactly what the experts tell us to expect. This has nothing to do with lake pollution and everything to do with the natural life cycle of a living body of water.
In 2014 we were very fortunate to have Geranium homes contract Hutchinson Environmental Sciences conduct the most extensive study of Musselman’s Lake ever. Please click on the report image to view this very extensive and enlightening report.
We will keep everyone posted with results of the investigation into this years die off.
Dr. Brian Laing, has been looking into this years fish die off, which consist 99% crappie and mostly breeding size.
They were breeding last week before the sunfish started mating season started. The recent unusual warm weather while they are breeding stresses them and makes them susceptible to bacterial infections.
This is a completely natural occurrence and no cause for alarm.