Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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7 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 News Dead fish floating on Fleet Pond and the clean-up operation GRAHAME LARTER Thousands of fish die in lake during heatwave HIGH TEMPERATUR­E Officers from the council, Environmen­t Agency and pond society helped to clean up SET OFF CHEMICAL REACTION IN WATER By EMMA PENGELLY @EmmaPengge­lly TENS of thousands of fish have died at Fleet Pond due to extremely high temperatur­es causing low oxygen levels. Officers from Hart District Council, the Environmen­t Agency (EA) and Fleet Pond Society carried out a clean-up operation on Wednesday, August 12 after a significan­t number of fish died the previous day. The public have been urged to stay away from the pond areas. The site is not far from Fleet railway station, and dogs must not be allowed to enter the water. The EA understand­s “unusually high temperatur­es” set off a chemical reaction in the pond which led to algal blooms in the water. They then starved the water of oxygen, making it impossible for many fish to survive. An EA spokesman said: “Our fisheries officers are supporting Hart District Council to manage the recovery. “Algal blooms are quite com- mon in warm weather. Conditions improve when temperatur­es drop.” Anyone who sees fish dead in ponds, lakes and rivers, or struggling to breathe on the surface should contact the EA on 0800 80 70 60. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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