The two fishing ponds at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian have been temporarily posted as catch-and-release only because the fish in the ponds have elevated copper levels because of an algaecide introduced into the water Monday morning by park maintenance staff. The algaecide, copper sulfate, is a commonly used chemical for algae treatment in ponds and lakes.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is advising people not to keep or eat any fish from the parks ponds until after July 2, when the copper levels in the affected fish will have adequately diminished.
The city has posted signs around the ponds letting anglers know about the temporary restrictions.
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is a 60-acre urban park located at 1900 N. Records Avenue, near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road.