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Toxic Marine Plant Killing Off Fish

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

LAKE MEREDITH - Hundreds of fish have been killed at Lake Meredith due to a natural occurrence.

Water authorities have discovered there is a toxic marine plant blooming at lake Meredith. The plant known as golden alga poses no threat to humans or mammals.

"The alga releases toxins and damages cells in the gills of fish, once those cells are damaged, the fish can't transport oxygen. It ends up suffocating the fish." said Charles Munger with Texas Parks and Wildlife

Over the last week, authorities have noticed hundreds of dead small fish lining the lake's shores. Once golden algae has contaminated the water, there is no way to get rid of it, but there are ways to treat it so it doesn't get out of control.

The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, CRMWA, sent a notification of the issue to surrounding cities. That was just precautionary measure to alert cities their water supply may have a possible taste and odor issue. No complaints with area cities water supplies have been reported.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials urge anyone going out in boats to remember to clean, drain and dry boats to help curb golden alga from spreading to other bodies of water.

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