Dead fish found in lake

A battle is on to save fish in Pittville Lake in Cheltenham after a large number died through lack of oxygen in the water.

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PICTURE: Fighting to save fish at Cheltenham lake

Hosepipes set up to try to save hundreds of fish from dying at Pittville Lake Credit: ITV News West Country

Thank goodness there isn't a hosepipe ban in Cheltenham where the Environment Agency hopes spraying fresh water into Pittville Lake will save some of its fish, which are dying in droves.

Staff have spent the night manning the pumps, trying to re-oxygenate the lake.

In the meantime, people and dogs are being warned to stay well away from the water for their own safety.


Cheltenham Borough Council statement:

We know from tests that the oxygen levels in the lake had dropped considerably, so the Environment Agency is recirculating water into the lake in an effort to stabilize oxygen levels.

Low oxygen levels could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions such as decomposing algae or sediment stirred up by recent storms.

The surviving fish now have areas which are oxygenated and we will continue to work with the Environment Agency to make sure that oxygen levels stay at the required level.

Although tests for blue-green algae have returned negative, we would still like to remind people that there is no fishing on the lake until further notice to allow for the clean-up operation."

– Janice Peacey, Community Ranger


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