BUFFALO -- If you've been to Delaware Park lately and walked by the lake, it doesn't smell good. For years, Hoyt Lake has had sewage and algae floating in the water and that smell gets worse when it gets warm out.
There's two parts to an overall improvement plan that are expected get started this summer. The first, involves putting in a new fountain similar to the one at Delaware Park in the late 1800's. Olmsted Park Conservancy officials indicate they are currently running electrical wiring that will go out to the fountain. Sketches of what the fountain will look like are being reviewed. The fountain is supposed to help aerate the water and help the fish breathe.
The second project looks towards a long term solution. The Army Corp of Engineers is working on a study that will look at the quality of the sediment, determining how contaminated it is. Dredging will occur if needed.
"part of the problem is because its filled in over time, its not as deep as it needs to be in order to create a healthy habitat for fish, Thomas Herrera-Mishler said. "It's basically a big algae cooker, so what we're waiting to do is excavate, which would then allow a much more healthy water system in Hoyt Lake."
The efforts are being paid for with a $100,000 dollar state grant.
According to Buffalo leaders, the installation of two new water pumps are finished, supplying fresh water to Hoyt Lake. City officials have not checked the bacteria or e-coli levels yet this summer. Buffalo officials indicate they want to hold off and see how well the pumps are performing.