Ask Joe: Fountain at Sparks Marina

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Updated: 3/31/2014 7:04 pm
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about the situation at the Sparks Marina, which is set to be re-stocked with fish on April 1, after all those fish died off recently.
Kurtis Betz wrote in asking if there is any plan to install a fountain or some type of aeration to ensure the fish kill does not happen again?

Good question, Kurtis. Joe checked with Adam Mayberry over at Sparks City Hall for some answers about this.
Mayberry says since the marina is pretty deep at 120 feet and pretty large at 70 acres across, it would be simply cost too much to install any type of aeration system.
Mayberry points out there is an aeration system in the canal that feeds into the neighborhood on the east side. But that is basically for the canal, which is a much smaller area than the marina.
So cost is the issue, unfortunately. The marina is set to be re-stocked with fish April 1 and hopefully, we won't see a repeat of the situation that developed recently when the oxygen levels dropped dramatically killing off the fish.
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nancyinfernley - 3/31/2014 8:26 PM
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i wouldn't eat any fish from that marina. it's nasty. my grandson was taken there years ago by his father and just dunked in the water at the edge. he ended up with a blistered bottom. when we had a dog that splashed in it, he came out stinking. it's probably cheaper for them to add something to aerate the water than to keep paying for fish that are going to keep dying. so until then no way will it be worth putting the fish in. seems like stocking it again is just putting good money to nothing. but of course they will never see that.

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