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Hundreds of Fish Found Dead in Byrd Park Lake

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200 bluegill fish were found dead in Fountain Lake on Wednesday. 200 bluegill fish were found dead in Fountain Lake on Wednesday.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Fountain Lake looks as pretty as it always does until you get to close to some of the edges and see several dead fish, which has disturbed many park goers.

"It kind of bothered me to see so many at one time," says Douglyne Wallace.  

200 bluegill fish were reported dead on Wednesday. Though many are cleaned up, there are still dozens floating in big pools of pollen.

Some say they've even noticed this before.

"I saw something like this last year, but not this much," says Arthur Cunningham. About two or three, you might expect. But never this bad. This is a problem."

Park goers say the amount of fish they have seen wash up dead has varied from day to day, but still they want to know, what has caused all of these fish to die?

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality sent a biologist to Byrd Park but they don't have all the answers yet.  

"We didn't see an immediate explanation, but the water quality was not ideal," says Bill Hayden of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

The biologist pointed out a high pH level as well as an algae bloom could be to blame. The up and down temperatures this week could be another explanation.

It does not appear to be a toxic issue since only the bluegill have been affected.

As DEQ continues to investigate, the city will maintain the lake and continue to monitor any more fish that could die.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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