People were shocked and upset on Sunday, as dead fish were found lining the banks of Lakeview Park Pond on Holly and Rodd Field.
Less than 10 days ago, the City filled the pond with water because it was in danger of drying up. Seeing the dead fish in that pond just doesn't make sense to a lot of people.
"Wow. And it's just regular water from the fire hydrant," said Anita Aranas, who was surprised by the dead fish. "Golly, that really makes me think what we're drinking if you drink tap water. I don't drink tap water."
Dead fish washed up along the water's edge. The smell was horrible, and that is understandable since we noticed that there were at least a hundred fish floating. A number of those were large catfish.
Several weeks ago, the pond was in danger of drying up, and the water had turned green from all the algae. The drought had taken its toll on the pond, which is home to fish, turtles and all kinds of birds; but then the City opened up a fire hydrant and filled the pond.
It seemed that was going to turn out to be the cure needed here.
"Oh my god, look at all those dead fish," said Alicia Robbins. "I don't know what's going on. I hope they find out because this is a beautiful lake."
City Water Director Gus Gonzalez said he believes it was the algae in the water that may have choked off the oxygen supply to those fish. He said he is also going to alert the Parks Department as to what has happened, and to get the pond cleaned up.
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