Hoyt Lake fish set to celebrate new air
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • April 13, 2011 @ 2:20pm
It can’t be easy seeing 4.6 tons of your gilled friends whisked away, even if you’re a fish. Plus, having the lingering stench as a reminder can’t help.
Lake stratification, fertilizer runoff and pollution—curse words for our fishy friends—resulted in low oxygen levels at the bottom of Delaware Park’s Hoyt Lake, essentially suffocating a huge percentage of the population. Regardless of how efficient your gills are, a steady supply of oxygen is required. Think of it, as a human, as if you were trying to breathe in honey.
Fortunately for the remaining fish that have survived the mass casualties, oxygen is on its way. Senator Mark Grisanti miraculously secured $100,000 from the state to appease the irate Ichthyoids, and this summer, an artificial pumping of oxygen will assuage their breathing problems.
If you want to help, or simply celebrate with the fish, join other volunteers at the Hoyt Lake Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 16th (meet at Marcy Casino). Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy have teamed up to rid the lake of litter and debris from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. Volunteers should bring work gloves and work clothes; they’ll receive a free stainless steel water bottle and a free BBQ lunch after at American Legion Hall (533 Amherst St, 12 - 3 p.m.).