Hundreds of dead fish float in Goddard pond

Published: Jun. 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM CDT
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A Goddard woman says she woke up Friday morning to hundreds of dead fish in her neighborhood pond. She reached out to KWCH 12 for answers.

Desi Wedan has lived in the Spring Hill subdivision in Goddard for a little over a year.

"We come down here a little bit," said Wedan. "We haven't ever actually fished. We didn't even know there was fish in here until today."

Friday morning, while on a walk, she saw the fish from the side walk.

"Some of them aren't dead, but they really don't respond," she said as she walked along the pond to show us what happened. "They're a lot worse on the other side."

Walking the banks of the pond, the fish are easy to see.

"Some of these catfish are are probably 4, 5 and 6 pounds. That's a good catfish," said Wedan.

The pond is a retention pond, filled with rain and runoff water, so there's not a lot of circulation.

The company that manages the subdivision believes the fish died because of a lack of oxygen. They've had this problem before in other subdivisions.

"It does surprise me though, that it happened overnight and that quickly if it was just oxygen," said Wedan.

Here's what the US Geological Survey says can happen; warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, and on warm summer nights algae blooms, which eats up so much oxygen that it sometimes drops too low for the fish.

"It's just pretty sad. It's a lot of fish," said Wedan.

The HOA knows the fish are an eyesore. That's why they sent a crew to come Friday afternoon and clean up the thousand or so fish. When they do that, they'll also test the water to make sure they know what's going on.

"Hopefully something can be done to save the ones that are still alive so we don't lose all the fish," said Wedan.

To prevent this in the future, you would need to put in a bubbler or a fountain to get the water circulating - something the management company says it will take to the HOA board.

There are three ponds in the Spring Hill Subdivision, the fish in the other two were not affected.