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The City of Chesapeake has over 300 stormwater ponds, some of which have fish living in them. Occasionally, environmental conditions change significantly enough to kill at least some of the fish in a pond. The 3 most common causes of fish kills are:
Call 757-382-CITY (2489) to report it as soon as possible.
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.
For more information on how to be a good environmental steward, visit our Stormwater Education pages.