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Lily Pond fish died from low oxygen levels

Published: Mon, August 12, 2013 @ 11:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Water tests conducted by Youngstown State University confirmed it was low oxygen levels that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of fish in July at the Lily Pond in Mill Creek Park.

The diluted oxygen levels were caused by a variety of factors, said Kirsten Peetz, natural-resource manager for Mill Creek MetroParks. The first was that weather had been hot, in the upper 80s or low 90s for a week.

“The heat was then

followed by a very hard rainstorm that mixed with the pond and further diluted the dissolved oxygen levels,” she said at a MetroParks board meeting tonight. “It was literally a perfect storm of conditions” for the fish kill.

Shallow ponds are more susceptible to reduced oxygen levels from heat, and despite the fact the Lily Pond is fairly large — it covers more than 3 acres — it is no more than 5 feet deep, Peetz said.

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1NoBS(2845 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Dredge the pond! And while you're at it, dredge Newport and Cohasset lakes, too!

MCP needs to stop this foolishness about how they don't want to disturb the natural settings - there's nothing natural about the lakes in the park - there are man-made dams holding the water back.

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2republicanRick(1743 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mill Creek trustees and
Belinky have allowed Mill Creek to turn into one giant swamp from all the debris filling up the lakes.

Go to "Lake" Newport and see where a swamp is where a lake should be.

Mill Creek money is all spent on employee wages and not on projects to maintain and beautify the Park. It's a tragedy what these Trustees are allowing to happen.

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