Thousands of fish found dead in park pond – WSB Atlanta

by: Chris Jose Updated: Apr 23, 2017 – 11:40 PM

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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – The discovery of thousands of dead fish in a pond at a popular Bartow County park have dozens of families wondering what caused the massive kill.

The park’s director, Greg Anderson, told Channel 2’s Chris Jose the culprits are ducks, geese and even the fish themselves.

Anderson said there’s too much fecal matter in the water, killing all the fish.

“We’ve never seen this before. Ever. The whole eight years we’ve lived here. It’s never looked like this,” park visitor Nicole Knott told Jose.

Visitors at Dellinger Park in Cartersville first noticed the problem Wednesday. Four days later, the dead fish have become the talk of the town.

“We’re all in shock,” Knott said.

The fish kill has left people with plenty of questions.


“It’s like what happened? What’s going on? What made it do this?” park visitor Kristy Scott said.

“I don’t know. Is this water contaminated or what?” Jonathan Lawrence asked.

Anderson told Jose that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources tested the water Thursday and discovered the oxygen level was too low.

“So how do you ensure this doesn’t happen again?” Jose asked Anderson.

“I don’t know we can ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Anderson said. “This is just nature’s way of getting it back in balance.”

Anderson said the city of Cartersville will now consider stocking predatory fish to keep the problem at bay.

Until then, some families won’t be coming back.

“We usually come over here and walk the area. But with this smell and everything, we’re not going to be coming over here for a while. Until they clean up and do something about this,” Knott said.

Anderson said an algae bloom killed thousands of fish in the pond a few years ago. Crews are expected to go out to the pond Monday to remove the dead fish.