Calif city blames drought, heat for fish die-off

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(AP Photo)

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ATASCADERO, Calif. (AP) – Officials believe hot weather and the lack of rain led to the death of hundreds of fish at a Central Coast lake.

   Atascadero city officials say crews pulled out a few hundred perch and carp from Atascadero Lake Friday.

   The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports temperatures in the area have soared into the 90s and low 100s this summer. In hot weather, algae blooms grow and deplete water of oxygen.

   The lake is connected to a creek, making it entirely dependent on rain.

   Lake levels dropped to more than 50 percent – the worst in nearly two decades -but city officials say they can’t add water to the lake because it’s cost prohibitive.

   Instead, park workers have put in pumps and floating fountains to help aerate the water.

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