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Northern Colorado lake causing stink in southeast Fort Collins

Duck Lake, a natural lake across from the South Fort Collins Sanitation District facility on Carpenter Road, is the likely source of a rotten smell.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A small lake is causing a big stink in southeast Fort Collins.

Duck Lake, a natural lake across from the South Fort Collins Sanitation District facility on Carpenter Road, is the likely source of a rotten smell pervading southeast Fort Collins neighborhoods, according to the city's Natural Areas manager, Mark Sears.

City staff received several complaints about the stench starting Friday, Sears said.

On Monday, members of the city's water quality staff tested the water in Duck Lake, determining the smell was likely because of the lake's low oxygen levels and resulting decomposing algae.

Due to the lake being shallow this year, floating pumps that help oxygenate it were not activated by the company that owns and maintains them, according to Sears. 

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