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Today, October 5, as I exited the San Diego Trolley in Mission Valley for a relaxing day of fishing on the San Diego River, I was not prepared to see the sight that greeted me. There, on the banks of the river, were scores of dead fish of all sizes, species, age, and color. The more my eyes began to focus, a fear grasped my heart and soul to the horror of what I saw.

To my knowledge, the fish in the San Diego River are of a tough sort, for the river has never been the cleanest place for inhabitants. Nonetheless, being a San Diego native, I have never seen such destruction. Illegal chemicals in the water? Local pollution?

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River_Rob Oct. 6, 2010 @ 7:44 a.m.

The fish die-off that happened in Mission Valley was probably related to deleted oxygen levels in the river. It isn't uncommon this time of year. Folks that saw it might have seen all the algae in the water. This can lead to oxygen depletion as the algae starts to decay. Volunteers of the San Diego River Park Foundation are running water samples to see if anything contributed to the oxygen depletion. Visit www.sandiegoriver.org if you would like more info. Thanks!

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eatmuditsgood Oct. 6, 2010 @ 4:09 p.m.

I have been fishing the San Diego River for quite a while now and I have never seen any thing like this. It is a Catastrophe.

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RobertCardwell Oct. 7, 2010 @ 7:07 p.m.

To the people that responded to the San Diego River story, I would just like to thank you for your opinions. To me any environmental change effects us all. In this case "how much", is to be determined. I would further like people to pay attention to OUR world, neighborhoods, children, and elders. Together we can make a positive change.

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