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Harmful algal bloom may be cause of fish die off at Bully Creek Reservoir

Dead fish line the shores of Bully Creek reservoir on Friday, July 23. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

VALE - Hundreds of dead fish have washed ashore at Bully Creek Reservoir as a result of what officials say appears to be the presence of harmful toxic bloom.

“There is a fish kill going on out at the reservoir, I don’t know what it’s from. It could be an algae bloom, which it appears to be, but that’s not my job to determine that,” said Dave Banks, fish biologist in Ontario for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While testing will be required to verify algal bloom and harmful toxins, Laura Gleim, public affairs specialist at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said the safest course of action is to stay out of the . . .