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Dead Fish Removed From Hoyt Lake

10:40 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Dead fish, a rotten smell and trash all over the place.

Those have been some of the big problems at Hoyt Lake.

For years, people have wanted the lake to be cleaned up when they go to Delaware Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery the park has to offer.

On Friday, 2 On Your Side learned more about projects to do just that.

When we arrived at Hoyt Lake Friday, we found that all of the stench is gone, debris has been cleared and the rotting fish are gone too.

"We didn't see any fish killed this year at all," said Thomas Herrera-Mishler, the president and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy, who says a big part of that is because of improvements that've been made underground.

"Just on a day-to-day basis the water quality is greatly improved," he said.

In September of last year, city officials announced a major cleaning initiative using a state grant and some city funds to reduce the smell. That's been done by installing two underground wells along Delaware Ave.

With the improvements, millions of gallons of fresh water have been pumping into the lake - cleaning it up.

 

But, there's still a smell problem where Hoyt Lake meets with Scajaquada Creek. In 2010, officials announced they were going to start fixing the problems there, but projects hit delay after delay.

 

In 2011, the Olmsted Conservancy was approved for a $100,000 grant - footed by taxpayer dollars that was obtained by Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti.

Half was supposed to be used for a fountain - that would help the fish breathe in the watershed. The other half is intended to study the sediment and find out what's causing the contamination.

"We've gotten many grants from the conservancy and every single one of them is a very involved and detailed process to get them to final stages where they're signed and we can spend the money, we're now at that point," Herrera-Mishler said.

Now the big issue is getting the fountain there. A contract with the state DEC has been approved. And Olmsted says it's now ready to purchase the fountain and have it on the lake this summer, which Herrera-Mishler guaranteed.

As for where the fountain is expected to go, it would be placed, where the "S" curves on the lake. And construction should take a month or two to install.

The Army Corp of Engineers will bring $80,000 to study the lake. Olmsted says that this study and others are needed to get federal funding and do bigger projects.

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