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Pond In Sioux Falls Seeing An Increase In Dead Fish

August 4, 2014, 6:16 PM by Leland Steva

Pond In Sioux Falls Seeing An Increase In Dead Fish
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

One neighborhood pond is starting to fill up with dead fish, and a homeowner near the body of water is concerned about the rising number of fish going belly up.

Sam Amato has lived near a pond on the south side of Sioux Falls for eight years. He has seen fish dying in the pond near Galway Park before, but not like this.  

This pond is continuing to have dead fish line the shore. The homeowner says fish started dying a few weeks ago, and it's getting worse.

"How many more are we going to have? Is it going to smell? Why are they dying?" Amato said.

The body of water is a retention pond.  It isn't deep enough, so the fish are having a difficult time finding oxygen.

"These ponds aren't designed to hold fish and aren't a great environment for them because they're very shallow ponds," Andy Berg, drainage engineer for Sioux Falls, said.

"All shallow bodies of water are subject to a lot more significant changes in water quality and oxygen levels then our deeper lakes," Todd St. Sauver said.  

Todd St. Sauver of South Dakota Games, Fish and Parks estimates hundreds of fish are dead in the pond. He says the species are goldfish and bullheads, which normally are very resilient fish. Amato says no matter what the cause is, he wants to see the pond free of the fish.

"We moved here knowing it's a pond, it's a wetland and we may deal with smell and wildlife and that's fine; that's why we moved here.  But we think the city has a responsibility to clean up the dead fish," Amato said.

He will get his wish. The city of Sioux Falls is aware of the issue, and they will be sending a team to the pond soon.

"Evaluate the situation to see how much there is and we'll get a game plan as to what material we can get out of there," Berg said.

Once the city does get to the pond, it should take just one day to get the majority of the dead fish out.

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