For the fourth straight year in a row, algae has taken over at Buffalo Springs Lake killing hundreds of fish. Management at the lake says the worst is over and while the algae is harmful to the fish in the lake, people have nothing to worry about.
Greg Thornton, General Manager at the lake, says its a problem they see every year: golden algae that builds up when the bright sun mixes with cooler water. He says the smaller fish are the first to go, which are feeder fish for the larger breeds like stripers and bass.
"The algae doesn't keep the fish from breathing. It keeps them from expelling the gas which causes them to die. You can see fish struggling at the surface to breathe.", says Greg Thornton, Buffalo Springs Lake, General Manager.
Greg says folks have nothing to worry about and the golden algae isn't harmful to people. They check the water on a regular basis for anything that may be harmful and are working hard to prevent this problem to begin with. Meanwhile, the warm weather is helping put a halt to the algae problem as folks at the lake prepare for an exciting summer.