The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 14, 2014

Workers prepare to give pond new life after 19 goldfish die

— NORTHUMBERLAND — Nineteen goldfish were found dead in the pond at the eastern end of the King Street Park, frozen to death presumably because a pump that circulated water underneath the winter ice was not there. Because of the lack of water circulation, the three feet of water normally found in the pond was all ice.

When it melted, passersby found the dead fish.

Borough Councilman Harry Wynn and a crew of three — Todd Snyder, Todd Wenrich and Steve Carr — spent most of Monday afternoon draining the pond. Wynn said he could not say why the pump was not in the pond.

Snyder said, “That’s our goal for today, getting all the water out.”

Sloshing around in the receding water line, the four men raked out dead leaves and reconfigured boulders that line the pool.

The next stage of the work, Wynn said, will be to refill the pool and make sure a pump circulates the water.

“We’ll restock it,” he said.

The pool was built about 2006, Snyder said.

The goldfish pond has been a favorite spot for toddlers to visit during the summer, Wynn said. “It’s a calming place, you’ll often see families crowding around, tossing fish food into the pond. It’s a shame this happened, but we’ll fix it and get it right.”

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