- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Officials in Lake Elsinore hope to enlist residents to help clean up the city’s namesake lake with a massive fish die-off expected.

The City Council will consider a proposal Tuesday to launch a public awareness campaign aimed at educating the community about conditions at the lake.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1O3YsMt ) marine biologist Michael Anderson found an overpopulation of threadfin shad minnows is making the lake more vulnerable to algae blooms. That’s because minnows eat zooplankton that help control algae content.

Officials say the minnows are prone to die when conditions turn unfavorable.

Through the “Lake Watch” campaign, the city hopes to minimize the effects of a fish kill by disposing of the dead fish as quickly as possible.



The last major die-off at Lake Elsinore occurred in 2009.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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