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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Fish kill cause still unknown

  • The investigation into a fish kill that occurred on Lake Ariel July 24 is continuing.
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     - The investigation into a fish kill that occurred on Lake Ariel July 24 is continuing.
    According to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Colleen Connolly, "no ruling has been given," as to what caused the fish kill.
    In a statement at the time of the incident, Fish and Boat Commission press secretary Eric Levin said that "there was a fish kill of approximately 9,000 minnows and other small fish and about 1,000 game fish such as bass, yellow perch and bluegill."
    Connolly said Monday that the DEP is assisting the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission with testing, but is not conducting the investigation.
    "Samples were taken July 24," she said, "one from the surface of the water and one from the bottom." These samples were tested and the results were supplied to the Fish and Boat Commission.
    "The testing showed that there are no water quality issues," Connolly said.
    She also said that the DEP is currently waiting to receive an adverse incident report from the Lake Ariel Lake Association and the group hired to complete a lake treatment.
    "The report is regarding a treatment performed on the lake the day prior to the fish kill," she said. She did not say the exact nature of the lake treatment.

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