Marina recovering after massive Nevada fish kill

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Updated: 2/05/2014 3:47 pm

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Another round of tests confirmed there's no toxins in the Sparks Marina and its oxygen supply is slowing rising after a sudden drop in oxygen levels choked off the man-made lake's entire fishery.

The massive fish die-off in December claimed an estimated 100,000 trout, catfish and bass at the former gravel pit along U.S. Interstate 80 just east of Reno.

Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Chris Crookshanks tells the Reno Gazette-Journal new tests found nothing unusual beyond the lack of dissolved oxygen.

Scientists believe a week of unusually cold weather caused a sudden turnover of the 77-acre marina, sending the warmer, oxygen-rich waters from the surface to the lake's bottom.

They're optimistic the oxygen content is recovering and more fish can be restocked there in the coming months.

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RENOTRUTH - 2/6/2014 6:55 AM
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I did not know that oxygen levels in a body of water that size could drop so much in the cold winter season. It is common during high heat in the summer. And correct me if I am wrong, but one of the local news stations aired an interview with an official who claimed that it is not normal for this to occur in cold weather and that further testing was needed. We have advanced technology now and they cannot find the cause? or is this being down played from the real problem that caused this? Could it be anything to do with the fuel plant across the highway? Such as contamination in the ground that has now... or has been there all along?

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