Fishkill in Fountain Lake

Algae suspected cause, no sign of toxic spill.

The RTD is reporting about 200 bluegills recently died in Fountain Lake. While the cause is currently unknown biologist suspect a sudden bloom of algae as a result of our recent warm days.

“Great doggy!” said Edwin Ruffin, another visitor to the lake on Wednesday, after he saw several dozen dead fish. “That’s gross. Wow. You can even smell that odor now. … Somebody needs to look into this.”

Bill Hayden, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said the agency learned about the fish kill Wednesday afternoon and sent a biologist to check.

The biologist found poor water quality in the lake, including an abundance of algae that might have proliferated during recent warm days, Hayden said.

Large amounts of thick, green algae had accumulated near the edges of the lake, as well as what appeared to be pollen.

Photo: RTD/Joel Husted

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Richard Hayes

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