Armegeddon in Bruce Park!

Greenwich Time photo of "mystery fish"

A dozen dead fish float up in Bruce Park pond. The reporter claims that ‘[i]t was unclear Saturday night what had killed the fish, and it couldn’t be determined what kind of fish they were.”

I can’t blame the reporter for not knowing his fish – very few GT reporters seems to know much about anything – but I sure can blame him or her for sheer laziness. Pick one up and take it down to Sportsman’s Den on River Road, for heaven’s sake, or call a fisherman – any fisherman. There aren’t that many fish types in this area of the sound and identification should be pretty simple.

To my eye, judging from the pictures, it looks like a bunker die-off, which happens every time this year, when oxygen is depleted. Do you remember when, back in the early 80s (?) we had them die by the hundreds of thousands? The stench was horrendous and local residents demanded the town bring in heavy earth moving equipment to remove them. Then- First Selectman John Margenot refused to incur the expense, saying something to the effect that “God put them there, God will take them away”. In the event, God sent sea gulls and crabs to do His work for Him, but it was one of the few acts of our Selectman that I highly approved of.


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6 responses to “Armegeddon in Bruce Park!

  1. Anonymous

    A dozen dead fish a “grisly scene”? Where has this reporter been all his life?

    And good for John Margenot.

  2. dogwalker

    You’ve got it, Anonymous. That reporter has lead an extremely protected life. As of this a.m., it was considerably more than a few dozen fish and I hardly would have described it as grisly. It took all my strength to keep the dog from jumping down to the water for closer investigation. Of course, the dog and I have become hardened with the many “raw” scenes we have witnessed in our day.

    I hardly ever read GT anymore. Thank goodness for this blog so I know what’s going on. I was having sinister thoughts about someone poisoning the fish to repeal a certain group from the Park.

  3. Actually, the fish didn’t have a chance…
    <> New American Standard Bible ©

    Six Bowls of Wrath

    1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

    2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

    3 The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

    4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. …..

    12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east…

    16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

  4. K. Hattala, Hudson River Fisheries Unit

    An initial call of a small fish kill was received by the DEC on 7/13/2010. Early details on the exact number and location of the dead fish were uncertain at that time. DEC obtained assistance through the Riverkeeper office in Tarrytown, near reported kill area, and their patrol boat Captain John Lipscomb, to narrow down the location and extent of the kill. Several calls to Riverkeeper and the DEC Reg 2 office indicated the dead fish were being carried south toward New York City by the wind and tides over the course of 48 hours.

    The true extent of the kill is unknown, but estimated to be approximately several hundred fish, most all are Atlantic menhaden. Six large striped bass were also observed dead. All dead fish were observed in the area from the Tappan Zee Bridge down to northern Manhattan from mid river to the east shore. Early reports indicate the kill also occurred farther north to Ossining.

    Samples of fresh fish were transported to the Cornell fish pathology lab for analysis on Friday 7/16/2010. Results from tests most likely will not be available for a week or so.

  5. aliprowl

    At the height of the heat wave – what, a couple of weeks ago now – we had a considerable number of dead fishies floating on the top of our pond here in Bedford. It seemed that the larger fish were the victims, as I could see smaller/tiny fish still swimming around in the pond. Based on absolutely no knowledge of piscine behavior, I speculated that the larger ones weren’t getting enough oxygen from the torpid water. Usually our pond moves around plenty (stream fed) and never gets slimy or brown, but the heat knocked it for a loop. No dead fish since then. Will be curious to hear the cause of death for the Greenwich fish.

  6. Here at the Byram River Parks System headquarters, we have been tracking discharges to Long Island Sound.

    The Byram River, draining half of Greenwich, has more than 16,000 acres producing only 2 cu.ft. of water flow per second. The Mianus River fish ladder was draining the Pond, so it was shut down. The Dam face is dry. Where is the Water Co’s required discharge of one million gallons per day?

    If we add the combined discharge to the Sound of the Greenwich and Port Chester Sewer Plants, we find that they claim an average “flush” of over 14,000,000 gallons per day.

    Fresh water floats on salt. So over 90% of the surface layer of water is sewage effluent discharge.

    GT’s photo shows the pond water is very green, and only about one foot deep. Such water cannot sustain life. We are next.

    Next question, Where are the glaciers? Please tell me you don’t drink meltwater from a plastic bottle. Especially one shipped here from Fiji.