Locals say weeds, algae killing lake

Residents who frequent Ridgebury Lake in Wawayanda say that the wildlife that once inhabited the lake are being driven out by overgrown weeds and algae.

The DEC used poison in the same lake nearly two years ago to get rid of a predatory snakehead fish. Locals say that that move, though, killed all of the native carp that eat weeds and algae.

Jane Cutler, a Wawayanda resident who has been visiting the lake for years, says she remembers what the water used to look like. "A couple of years ago, it was crystal clear," Cutler says. "It was beautiful? but definitely not like that now."

The DEC says that it will take a few years before the lake ecosystem is back to normal.

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