How does the City respond to fish kills?

The City's Call Center will notify Stormwater Technical Services (STS) as soon as they receive a report of a fish kill. STS will coordinate with Stormwater Operations to send out personnel with fish nets, a boat, safety gear, and collection bags and boxes for the recovered fish. While Stormwater Operations crews are recovering the dead fish, STS personnel will check the pond water for any signs of contamination as well as oxygen and pH levels. They will also talk to nearby residents and look for potential pathways the fish could have used to swim into the lake if there have been any recent occurrences of higher-than-normal tides. Stormwater Operations will place the recovered fish in plastic bags and special boxes that they transport to a contract incinerator facility for disposal.

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1. What causes fish kills in stormwater ponds?
2. What do I do if I observe a fish kill in one of Chesapeake’s stormwater ponds?
3. How does the City respond to fish kills?
4. What can I do to help minimize the risk of having a fish kill in my neighborhood?