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      Pond discoloration concerns local residents

      The pond has been discolored for nearly 10 days due to a recent algae bloom.

      Over the past several days, concerned residents have been in touch with the Missouri Department of Conservation about a local pond.

      Spur Pond sits along Osteopathy Street in Kirksville.

      The pond has been discolored for nearly 10 days due to a recent algae bloom.

      Conservation Specialists say the bloom is normal for this time of year and does not present any human health risks.

      However, those using the pond are afraid the over-oxygenation could kill the fish.

      ??Anglers are certainly free to keep fishing there. If they're uncomfortable with it, they can consider going to Forest Lake or to Hazel Creek Lake. We??re hoping by Saturday or Sunday that Spur Pond will be pretty well back to normal appearances,?? said Fishery Regional Supervisor, Brian Todd.

      Todd says the algae cells are expected to get back down to normal numbers within the next few days.

      Water quality tests have been conducted each morning since the start of the bloom.

      Officials will continue monitoring the situation until the pond is back to its normal appearance.