YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Anyone who has noticed a bad smell around Lake Newport at Mill Creek MetroParks is not alone.
The smell is from a massive fish kill that happened last week. MetroParks officials said the kill happened as a result of the heavy rain storms at the end of June.
The park called ODNR, the Ohio EPA and the USDA a week ago about the problem. The EPA confirmed the fish died because of water runoff from the city storm and sanitary sewer system.
Oxygen levels at the lake are back to acceptable levels, but cleanup of the dead fish may take a while. In the meantime, park officials said the water is safe for recreation.
“At this time, according to any of the state regulatory agents, there is no need for concern in terms of being on our bodies of water. Safety is our number one priority for the MetroParks, so if that becomes an issue, we will make sure not only our staff, but also the public, are safe,” Mill Creek MetroParks Community Engagement Director Samantha Villella said.
MetroParks officials could not comment on the safety of fish caught from the lake. We have also been trying to get in touch with the Youngstown Health Department for their take on that situation.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating the whole situation. ODNR said it should take about a week to get the report finished and until then, it will not comment on any possible cause.