July 2, 1987 |
A sudden growth of algae fed by farmland runoff is tentatively being blamed for the latest fish kill at the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area east of here. About 10,000 carp, catfish and Sacramento black fish have died over the last week at Lead Lake, near the Carson Sink, where 7 million tui chub died earlier this year.
July 1, 1987 |
Ten thousand fish have died in the last week at the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area, not far from where an estimated 7 million small fish died earlier in the year, officials said. Refuge manager Ron Anglin said he had no explanation for the deaths at Lead Lake of carp, Sacramento black fish and catfish. Anglin said the earlier die-off was a result of water that became increasingly brackish as it evaporated after a dry winter.
August 25, 1987 |
About six months after a huge fish die-off at the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area, scientists say its centuries as a refuge may be nearing an end. The 164,000-acre refuge is evaporating faster than the limited flow of water into it can keep pace. And as the water carries agricultural runoff into the area, the toxic salts increase as the level of the marsh drops. About 7 million fish died at the reserve in February as the water receded and its salinity increased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1992 |
One of Nevada's most important wildlife habitats has become the latest victim of the lingering drought. Jeff Mackay, a wildlife biologist for the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, said the Ruby marshes in northeastern Nevada have dwindled from 12,000 acres to 2,900 acres, their lowest level in 31 years. The marshes, flanked against the majestic Ruby Mountains about 40 miles southeast of Elko, virtually dried up after similar droughts in 1961 and in the 1930s.
February 14, 1987 |
An estimated 3 million fish and 1,500 migratory birds have died at the Stillwater National Wildlife Management Area near here in an environmental mystery that has baffled and alarmed biologists. Dead fish--tui chub, eight- to 10-inch-long scavengers--line the 30-mile shoreline of the Carson Sink, a vast body of water that is a natural terminus for the Carson and Humboldt rivers in west-central Nevada. "There were several fish along the shoreline that had small fish hanging out of their mouths.
February 20, 1987 |
Biologists have tentatively blamed the deaths of an estimated 7 million fish at the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area in northern Nevada on high salt levels in the nature refuge's waters, a Nevada Wildlife Department spokesman said Thursday. "I don't think that there's any doubt that they're (the fish) dying because of salinity levels," said spokesman David Rice, who added that unless the situation is reversed, the wildlife refuge faces "doom."