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Drought spurred the growth of Golden Algae, which killed thousands of fish in the Salt River on Friday.

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Algae kills thousands of fish in the Salt River

A plant that lives year-round in the Salt River caused the death of thousands of fish last week, officials believe. Severe drought and high salinity levels apparently caused the Golden alga to bloom, clogging fish gills and causing the fish to hemorrhage and die, said Jim Paxon, chief of information with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The thing that will cure that is about two inches of rain,” he said.

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