Cause of dead fish at Walkers Lake under investigation

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Council is aware of a fish kill event at Walkers Lake in Avon Plains involving redfin and some golden and silver perch.

Northern Grampians Shire Council has been in contact with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Environment Protection Authority which are both investigating the cause of the fish deaths.

There has been some decomposing weed and blue-green algae present in the water recently and the likely cause of the fish kill appears to be a severe lack of oxygen in the water.

There has been a significant algal bloom over the last month or so at the lake and there is a history of summer blue-green in this system.

When algal blooms die off, associated with sudden temperature drops, it causes algae to decompose and strip dissolved oxygen from the water. This, along with the algal bloom increasing in the recent humidity, is the likely cause of the fish deaths.

However, Council is arranging a water quality sample to determine if any additional factors contributed to the fish kill.

Council has organised a clean up working bee at Walkers Lake tomorrow at 8am and all are welcome to attend to help remove the dead fish from the waterway.

In the meantime, Council advises anyone visiting the Walkers Lake area to take precautions and avoid direct contact with the lake water while water quality testing is underway.

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