What was to be one of the biggest yellow perch spawns yet was ruined by sediment in Lake Waterford. Photo: Magothy River Association

VIDEO: Magothy Yellow Perch Spawn Washed Out by Runoff

The Magothy River Association, guardians of the yellow perch’s tiny strands of eggs each season, watched with horror as the Lake Waterford spring spawn was virtually wiped out with a single storm. River advocates blame sediment runoff from an industrial site—and a lack of state support to save the eggs before it was too late.

Cheryl Costello looks at what went wrong and the steps being taken to prevent another spawning disaster. Watch below:

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