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Lions Club addressing algae, island issues at Fishin’ Hole PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   

Holyoke Lions Club is taking the next step in a couple improvements at the Lions Club Fishin’ Hole east of Holyoke.

If fishermen have noticed the water being more cloudy, it’s because the pond has been identified has having blue-green algae.

Lions Club member Larry Stein said they aren’t sure how they accumulated the algae. If it builds up enough, it will hurt the fish, he added.

The group has extensively studied how to handle the algae problem and has decided to use barley straw based on a good study by the University of Iowa.

Stein said by putting barley straw in the water at a depth of six to eight feet, it will release hydrogen peroxide and help with the algae accumulation for several months.

Lions Club member Larry Stein prepares a wire cage with barley straw to be lowered into the fishing pond to help with the accumulation of blue-green algae.
—Enterprise photo


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The Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 22, 2013