Friday, August 14, 2015
Fish die-off at Kissena Lake
A lake full of dead fish in a Queens park left residents confused on Thursday.
Dozens and dozens of dead fish filled Kissena Lake in Flushing, while carp swam to the surface and gasped for air, trying to stay alive.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, locals who have been watching the fish die slowly over the past few days were troubled by the sight.
“They were taking the nets, and dragging the fish out, and throwing them in the garbage pails,” Claudia Hollander said.
“I’ve been here for 25 years and I’ve never seen this kind of devastation,” Robert Allen said.
People at Kissena Park started noticing the fish inside of the catch and release lake suddenly dying on Wednesday morning.
The Department of Parks and Recreation told CBS2 that the lake was low on oxygen.
“The water was low on oxygen. Likely due to an algae bloom following the heavy rain,” the department said.
They have been pumping fresh water into the lake which seemed to be providing some relief, but many people said that isn’t enough and fear that the damage is already done.