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Fish die-off kills thousands at Liberty Cove

LINCOLN, Neb. – A fish die-off has occurred this week at Liberty Cove Reservoir near Lawrence in south-central Nebraska.

Thousands of fish, including largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and golden shiners, were observed dead at this Little Blue Natural Resources District recreation area.

Low levels of oxygen in the water are believed to have caused the die-off. Low dissolved oxygen levels and additional stressed fish were observed. Cloudy, calm weather can cause low oxygen levels in small water bodies during the summer. Under the worst conditions, fish die-offs can result.

Fish population sampling will be done in the coming weeks to determine the extent of the fish loss.

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