A Robins Air Force Base engineering team is working to clean up a lake on base after about 200 dead fish were found there after Memorial Day weekend. Robins officials said the fish in Scout Lake died from a natural phenomenon, not from pollution.
“It was, putting it simply, caused by the weather,” said John Birdsong, a Robins spokesman, in a Tuesday afternoon e-mail. “Lots of rain and hot sunny days caused an algae bloom in the lake, depleting the lake of oxygen.”
“According to our environmental folks, it does happen from time to time in lakes throughout Middle Georgia,” Birdsong added.
The engineering team is working on a number of procedures to restore the lake, including injecting algaecide, a chemical for killing off algae, Birdsong said. The lake is located near a base housing community. The lake has been closed to fishing since the discovery.
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After the problem is fixed, the base plans to restock it with fish.