Several dead fish rose to the surface at Paper Goods Pond in Berlin Tuesday after the town apparently had a chemical dumped into it to clear invasive species.
There were around seven dead fish washed up along the edge of the pond near Paper Goods Pond Park with a few others visible in the distance. Two more dead fish were floating near the edge of the dam on the other side of the bridge that crosses the pond and the water appeared to have an oily finish around the dead fish Wednesday.
Berlin town manager Arosha Jayawickrema said autopsies are being conducted on the fish to further look into what killed them.
“Over the past five days we [have] been watching all of the fish dying,” Nicky DiVicino wrote in a post to Facebook group BerlinBuzzCT. “We spoke to a few fishermen who noticed a lot of dead fish as well. Saturday, many fish were struggling to breathe, not moving, belly up. It smells of dead fish outside and there’s a [murky] oil film along the top of the pond.”
DiVicino also wrote that they contacted the company that was contracted to pour the chemicals into the pond, which said the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it was approved to use three times as much of the chemical as it did. DiVicino said they also contacted DEEP which said the widespread death of so many plants could have led to decreased levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, making it more difficult for the fish to breathe.