With spillway closed, Corps to monitor Pontchartrain pollution

05/12/2008 | NOLA.com (New Orleans)

The Army Corps of Engineers says this year's opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway released much less river water into Lake Pontchartrain compared with the 1997 opening, when algae blooms resulted in large-scale fish kills. The month-long opening released about 85,000 cubic feet per second into the spillway, about half as much as a decade before. With milder temperatures and enough wind to keep waters circulating, officials are hopeful that algae blooms in the lake will be minimized.

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