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Another episode of dying fish at Eastlake Park in Ridley Park (The Lake) is happening today. The episode was discovered yesterday evening and continues today.
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It's alarming no clean up has happened yet at the lake. There are probably other residents of Ridley Park who would be willing to help if we had the correct equipment and support. Is there somewhere we can dump the rotting fish bodies strewn around the side of the lake? I don't mind calling 6abc again for a follow up story.
Mayor Hank Eberle tells the DelcoTimes that "It’s happened again, just as it did three years ago when dozens of fish in Ridley Park Lake died."
Mayor Hank Eberle said the borough received a call Sunday about dead fish in the lake.
“(Sunday) I was at the lake and saw some, and (Monday) there are a lot,” Eberle said of the dead fish. “It’s kind of like the last time and the conclusion then was oxygen deprivation.”
Councilman Jim Glenn said he got a call Sunday that there were fish “in distress” at the lake.
“The (Department of Environmental Protection) was called and samples were taken that showed low dissolved oxygen, the same thing as three years ago,” Glenn said. “It rained Saturday night into Sunday, washing nutrients into the lake that stimulates the growth of algae that consumes the oxygen fish need. The DEP was supposed to take samples again today (Monday).”
Glenn said the algae consumes oxygen at night and stimulates oxygen in the daytime. He said highway workers were removing the dead fish from the lake and disposing of them.
“There were people actively fishing (Sunday) and (Monday) and experts said there should not be a health issue,”Glenn said.
The lake is fed by the Little Crum Creek. More than 100 years ago the lake was the reservoir for the borough’s drinking water. The historic pump house still stands on the shore of the lake.
I'm not sure but the photo shown looks like a catfish not a trout.Also not sure what species of trout they are stocking the lake with.It appears Brown Trout can live in water temps. around 80.6 degrees and Lake Trout around 73.4.Catfish depending on species can survive in much higher temps.In addition the problem might include high co2 levels which be generated from excessive plant growth within the lake bottom.
Is anything being done??
I mean, they had that fishing tournament there 2-3 weeks ago, and put a bunch of fish in the pond that that amount of water/flow-rate can't support. The put the fish in the pond the night before, so hardly any were caught and removed from the pond's ecosystem.
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