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Help us control algae and clean up fishing line in your ponds!
The ABQ BioPark invites all fans of fishing and water birds to help clean up algae and fishing line at the ponds. Check-in at the Tingley Station. The BioPark will provide rakes and water; volunteers are encouraged to bring hats, sunscreen and work gloves.
Eww, is the algae dangerous?
Not at all! The algae is a sign of a healthy pond. It has grown like crazy because the ponds have plenty of sun and nutrients (bird poop!). Algae cleans and oxygenates water and is a nursery for young fish. But it does make fishing very difficult.
Couldn’t you get rid of the algae by getting rid of the causes?
Controlling either of the two main causes (sun and birds) is not practical at Tingley Beach. Chemicals, like dyes to reduce the sunlight, are not good for ponds with food fish. The birds at Tingley Beach are wild animals that are free to come and go as they please.
What is the BioPark doing?
Since these are fishing ponds, we remove algae daily, let it dry and take it to be composted. But the algae keeps on growing and we need your help! A big clean-up day will help us make a dent in this summer’s algae bloom. And we’ll clean up fishing line and other trash while we’re at it.
How Can I Help?
Join us on June 29, or contact Kathy Lang, Curator of Tingley Beach, at 248-8514 to help on another day.