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Dead fish mysteriously wash into Lake San Antonio, county officials investigate cause – KION546

Dead fish mysteriously wash into Lake San Antonio, county officials investigate cause – KION546

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION-TV) Hundreds of thousands of dead fish are mysteriously washing up on the shores of Lake San Antonio. The lake in southern Monterey County is now closed for several weeks as multiple agencies try to determine the possible causes of death for these fish.

The closure of the lake is out of an abundance of caution, as authorities do not yet know if this problem poses a threat to humans. Additionally, the closure comes at the height of the summer season when people want to cool off at the lake.

“It’s a really unfortunate situation because we had such a phenomenal year. Thousands and thousands of people enjoyed the lake every weekend, our revenue went through the roof, we almost doubled our budgeted revenue,” said Bryan Flores, Monterey County Parks Superintendent.

Flores adds that there have been no toxic algal blooms this year. Last year there were blooms, which made the lake almost inaccessible to humans.

As for the cleanup, park officials said they will most likely have to hire a contractor because the cleanup process would take several weeks. The county also said it expects water testing results early next week.

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