New Castle News

April 19, 2013

Hundreds of dead fish found at Sylvan Heights

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — About 500 dead fish are belly-up in a lake at Sylvan Heights — but no one seems to know about it.

City officials, including Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo, said as of Thursday afternoon they had not heard reports or complaints of dead fish.

However, a caller to the New Castle News, claiming to be golfer, reported smelling the fish Monday and Wednesday at the city-owned course.

The caller also claimed he had contacted the Pennsylvania Fish Commission but received no response.

Mike Rooney, New Castle public works director, and Brian Heichel, recreation director, confirmed the city began a $33,000 improvement project at the course this week. But both said they knew nothing about nor had they heard anything about dead fish.

“In fact, we moved all of the fish that we could catch from the pond being cleaned to another pond,” Heichel said.

The ponds are being dredged in order to make them deeper so they will collect and hold more rain water, he explained. This will be used to water the tees and greens during dry summer months.

“We’ve had problems with the lakes going pretty dry,” Rooney noted.

Sam Pidro, who was at the course Thursday, said he personally did not notice anything “fishy.”

“No one said anything and I didn’t smell anything from the parking lot.” Pidro said he had played on Tuesday night.

Efforts to reach course manager John Dado were not successful.

Mastrangelo was puzzled when contacted Thursday afternoon.

“I know about the lake dredging, but I haven’t heard about that,” he said of the dead fish. “You’d think that someone would have called me if there was a problem.”