It smells fishy at Fish Creek this week.
Dead Fish at Fish Creek, Southeast Arlington, TX
Fish Creek, Southeast Arlington, TX
Poor Fish found dead at Fish Creek 9/12/12
A local resident of the Fish Creek Neighborhood who knows Fish Creek like the back of his hand discovered many dead fish this week while headed to his favorite fishing spot. He states in an e-mail dated September 12th:
"There has been a fish die-off in Fish Creek. I have seen bass up to about 2.5 pounds as well as catfish and sunfish (commonly called perch). There was cloudy, white water coming from the arm of the creek that crosses Green Oaks Blvd. near the Methodist church between New York Ave. and 360. That was on Sept. 10th. Someone from the city told me that it was due to oxygen depletion, but I do not believe that. The oxygen levels in the water should be greater now than they were before the recent rains and the temperature is not as high as it was a few weeks ago. Anyway, I doubt that the city will do any investigation. I also contacted the EPA, but only got a recording. I left my phone number, but they have not yet called back. If I knew how, I would post some pictures of dead fish. The lack of fish to eat mosquito larvae is not going to help control the mosquito population, and, of course, live fish have a longer-lasting effect on mosquito populations than pesticide treatments which only have a short-term effect."
Although the budget limits the types of tests which can be run, the City is currently looking into the following possibilities to determine the mysterious cause of this week's fish kill:
Dissolved Oxygen – indicates the stream's ability to support aquatic life.
Chlorine – indicates a potable water source.
Ammonia – can indicate potential sanitary waste, industrial source, fertilizer.
Surfactant – can indicate potential sanitary waste, industrial source.
Copper – can indicate potential herbicide, industrial source.
We do appreciate the efforts of our Public Works team that is investigating this case. We hope our natural spaces will remain a safe haven for generations to come.
Joel Thomas of CBS local News visited our neighborhood yesterday to investigate this story.