Algae becoming a problem at Tingley Beach

Posted at: 06/24/2013 9:51 PM
By: Robin Clutters, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There’s a problem in the water at Tingley Beach, and it’s getting out of control. Algae keeps growing on the ponds.

Waste from fish and birds acts as the fertilizer for the plant, causing it to grow more this time of year.

It isn’t just ugly. People at Tingley Beach say it makes it harder to catch any fish.

“They just get stuck on your line all the time,” says fisher Brian Martinez.

“The algae tends to accumulate the other stuff that’s in the pond, like fishing line. There’s a lot of excess fishing line that can accumulate,” says Tingley Beach curator Kathy Lang. “That’s a problem for the people and for the animals.”

The city has someone out cleaning the pond almost every day.

On the worst days, crews will pull out as much as 100 pounds of algae. But they can’t keep up.

That’s why the city is hosting a clean-up day this weekend.

Volunteers will help pull out the algae, fishing line, and any other trash.

If you’d like to help, the clean-up day is Saturday, June 29 from 3-5pm. Just check in at the Tingley Station. Volunteers should bring work gloves. The city will supply the rakes.