MENIFEE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities continued testing the water in Menifee Lake Friday after thousands of dead fish have been seen floating since last weekend.
Menifee city officials first heard reports Saturday of floating fish at the lake, which is located on private property about a half-mile east of the 215 Freeway.READ MORE: Biden Says Vaccine Mandate For Federal Workers Is "Under Consideration"
Since Menifee Lake is not on public land, state and local agencies do not regulate or manage the waters, according to KCAL 9’s Tom Wait.
According to a state official, one possible theory is that chlorine leaked into the lake after a nearby pool was acid-washed and re-chlorinated.READ MORE: LA To Require City Employees To Get Vaccinated Or Take Weekly COVID Test
A representative with the Menifee Lakes Master Association, which owns the property, said they are testing the waters for deadly chemicals, but so far, the results are inconclusive.
Resident Lisa Quick said it’s not just fish that have died – birds have been victims as well.MORE NEWS: Long Beach To Require All City Employees To Get Vaccinated Or Undergo Weekly COVID Tests
“The baby ducks that have just been born…it’s just been really hard to watch and hard to see,” Quick said.