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AGOURA HILLS | Valley Focus

September 30, 1997|SYLVIA L. OLIANDE

Lake Lindero homeowners, who have seen fish dying in large numbers and the condition of the lake deteriorate over the years, are pleased that the area's management company has agreed to find a way solve some of these problems.

The situation came to a head two weeks ago when, for the second time in as many years, hundreds of pounds of fish died because of a lack of oxygen in the water. The lake also had a fetid odor.

William Webber, a longtime lakeside resident, said he is heartened to see that Golf Projects Lindero, as well as the Lake Lindero Homeowners Assn., is working prevent a further occurrence of the situation.

"We had to have a fish kill and the lake simply intolerable for them to do something," he said. "But I'm sure they are now convinced that something needs to be done."

Greg Feet, general manager of GPL, said his company's installation of a temporary aeration system last week did little good because the lake's oxygen was so depleted.

But, he added, with somewhat cooler weather and a little rain, the lake has improved to the point where the fish are no longer dying and the noxious, though harmless, hydrogen sulfide smell has dissipated.

Feet said that the Lake Lindero Homeowners Assn. will bring in an expert to study the problem and recommend preventive measures.

"I'm very confident that with a combination of remedies we can prevent the smell and fish dying again," he said.

Webber, a retired engineer and chemist, said the fish died because algae and aquatic plants called phytoplankton depleted the water's oxygen supply.

Feet said that the remedies could cost the company and the HOA between $30,000 and $130,000, depending on what needs to be done.

Whatever the solution, he said, it is "impossible for this to impact" homeowners association members' fees, but would be paid out of the association's reserves.

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