Monday, June 6, 2011

Breaking News: Fishkill in Mt. Pisgah State Park, Bradford County, PA

Ken Gwin, park manager, said he counted 250 dead fish -- mostly pan fish (perch, crappie and blue gill) in Stephen Foster Lake at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Due to spawning stress, some dead fish always turn up this time of year, he said, but this is an unusually high number. The park, Bradford County Conservation District and the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission are all trying to find out why.

Conservation District Manager Mike Lovegreen confirmed they routinely monitor the water quality in the lake. They are anxious to get the most recent results back, saying he hopes the chemistry of the samples give them some leads. Gwinnn said they have a working theory, that the usual spring spawning stress, coupled with a temperature gradient from runoff coming in to the lake, could have caused the problem. But they are taking steps to make sure.

Look for additional information as it becomes available in the print and Web editions of The Towanda Daily Review.

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Will keep you posted as details emerge.

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