Fish kill at local state park

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Several fish are dead at a state park in eastern Kentucky because of water contamination.

Fish are dead, ducks are endanger, and people might not be able to enjoy the same activities at Levi Jackson State Park anymore.

"It's a result of excess nutrients coming into the water especially manure or could be from ducks here or cow manure washing into the stream," said John Williams, the district biologist for southeastern Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources.

No swimming, no eating the fish, and possibly not even feeding the ducks because their feces are part of the problem.

"We do hate to have the folks not feed the ducks because it is such a public thing for the children to do. We probably will stop selling the food ourselves," said Carol Kirby, the park manager at Levi Jackson State Park.

That water contamination is what officials say is killing these fish with water oxygen levels well below average.

High water temperatures and low water levels are not helping the matter.

The fish are not the only ones affected. The park will also suffer and the people visiting having to see and smell the dead wildlife.

For now, it is an issue officials are still investigating in hopes of better protecting fish swimming down the stream.

Officials at the state park say they may stop grinding corn for awhile to allow the water level to replenish itself at McHargue's Mill.

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