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State: Pond’s fish die-off due to natural causes

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After a large amount of fish were found dead in a Greenwood pond, a state investigation showed the fish likely died of natural causes.

Last weekend, the Greenwood parks department was called about a large number of fish found dead in a retention pond in Freedom Park on the city’s southwest side, said Rob Taggart, Greenwood parks and recreation director.

He didn’t know exactly how many fish were dead, but the number was concerning enough that his office contacted the state, he said.


The Indiana Department of Environmental Management worked with local officials to investigate. Their investigation showed the fish, all carp, died naturally, rather than due to a pollutant, spokeswoman Amy Smith said.

Smith did not have additional details because the state office is still finishing a report on the incident, she said.

No other agencies were called in to investigate because the pond where the fish were found does not flow into any other bodies of water, she said.

The retention pond has never been stocked with fish, but some ideas on how they got into the pond include someone releasing them into the pond or other animals, such as birds, carried fish eggs into the pond, Taggart said.

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