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Fish kill currently isolated; park is still open to visitors

Contamination flowing into Lake Scott from Ladder Creek has resulted in a fish kill and forced the beach area to be closed to swimming.

The recent blizzard, combined with temperatures quickly climbing over 50 degrees, resulted in an unusually large runoff into the creek. Officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified the contaminant as fecal matter, according to Park Manager Greg Mills.

The result is an ammonia and nitrate dump which robs the lake of oxygen.

 

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