Ozarks Tonight: Fish and Climate Change Discussion


Mo. — It’s the unofficial end of summer, but lake temperatures are at their warmest right now. That can Fish don’t have a regulation system in their bodies as humans do, so they have to move where the water is cooler. But as Elisa Raffa found out, ordinances put in place 20 years ago, have kept water quality a priority to avoid algae bloom. Now there are limits on how much nitrogen and prosperous and other nutrients go into the streams. The more nutrients that go into the streams, the higher the possibility of algae developing.

While algae and warmer temperatures in our lakes is not the biggest issue, what is a concern here in the Ozarks is heavy rain. Elisa says it’s not really the amount of rain that we have that is changing, but how much quicker and that rain is falling. 

Watch the entire interview above and watch Elisa’s original story by clicking here.

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