Federal agency says fish in Missouri lake are safe


LOUIS — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a Missouri lake where some fish and other species of fish have died because of algae bloom has been treated and should return to normal.

The agency said Monday that the Lake Ochoco, a tributary of the Missouri River, has been removed from the National Seashore, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey, and is now treated and treated again.

It was the first time the lake had been treated since it was first declared a danger in the summer of 2016.

It is located on the St. Louis River in western Missouri and is part the St Louis National Wildlife Refuge.

It also is located about 100 miles south of the state line and has not been treated in nearly a year.

The St. Mary’s River in eastern Missouri also is not affected by the algae bloom, according to the agency.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which manages the lake, says it has not had a confirmed infection with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

A U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker checks out the St Mary’s and Ochococos lakes in St. Charles, Mo. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2021.

A U, S. Geological survey worker inspects the St Mays, Ochcoos and Missouri lakes at a research site in St Charles, Missouri on Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in March that the lake in Missouri could have been a reservoir for the bacterium.

The bacteria are common in lakes and rivers.

The lake in St Louis is located near the Missouri state line.

It empties into the Missouri river and is about 25 miles east of St. Peters.

A spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the agency had not received a report of illness related to the lake.

He said the agency has a plan to treat and clean the lake to remove any remaining algae from the lake that might be a source of illness.