September 29, 2023

A Villager fears that pesticide utilization is accountable for a fish kill at a pond in his neighborhood.

Residents of the Village of Harmeswood of Belle Aire had been livid Monday in regards to the lifeless fish on the pond.

The scent was terrible and bugs had been swarming.

Lifeless fish lined the shore Monday at this pond within the Village of Harmeswood of Belle Aire.
Insects were feeding on the dead fish on Monday
Bugs had been feeding on the lifeless fish on Monday afternoon.

David Elliott, an eight-year resident of Harmeswood of Belle Aire, mentioned the fish kill is eerily much like a fish kill which occurred there in 2017.

He mentioned he bought concerned in that incident six years in the past and contacted the Florida Division of Agriculture. Elliott mentioned that on the time, the Division of Agriculture concluded that the contractor paid to keep up the pond, Clarke Aquatics, had used an overabundance of chemical substances within the pond, resulting in the fish kill.

When a neighbor alerted him Monday to this fish kill, Elliott concluded that the overuse of chemical substances was accountable once more.

In 2017, an investigation by the Division of Agriculture revealed that Captain XRT Liquid Copper Algaecide and Tribune Herbicide had been used to deal with the pond within the Village of Harmeswood of Belle Aire. The chemical substances “encompassed the complete floor of the 1.115-acre retention pond,” in keeping with a Division of Agriculture report on the time. The chemical substances had been used to deal with “undesirable aquatic vegetation.” The investigation discovered that using Captain XRT Liquid Copper Algaecide is “poisonous to fish and aquatic invertebrates.” Its use can result in oxygen loss that may trigger fish to suffocate. The Division of Agriculture recommends treating half of a water physique at a time and permitting not less than 14 days between remedies. The Division of Agriculture additionally discovered that Tribune Herbicide used to deal with dense weed areas “might end in oxygen decomposition of lifeless weeds. This lack of oxygen might trigger fish suffocation.”

The Villages District has switched its pond upkeep contract from Clarke Aquatics to Solitude Lake Administration LLC, which is looking for a 40 p.c improve in its present contract with The Villages. Elected officers in The Villages have balked on the request and have opted to rebid the contract. There are fewer gamers within the area right this moment as Solitude purchased out Clarke Aquatics.

Solitude Lake Management
Solitude Lake Administration handles aquatic weed management at ponds in The Villages.

The District Workplace issued an announcement Monday afternoon in regards to the fish kill.

“District Property Administration is conscious of the fish kill. They imagine it’s as a result of excessive water temperatures and low dissolved oxygen ranges,” the assertion mentioned.