BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - Thousands of fish are dying in a man-made lake in Cartersville because of low oxygen levels, according to park officials.
Parks Director Gary Anderson said the problem started Wednesday at Dellinger Park. That's when brim, catfish and other fish began to rise to the surface. Anderson told FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell there's too much wildlife, including fish, ducks and geese, in and around the lake that's causing the depletion of oxygen.
He said his staff is working with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to fix the problem. So far, they've added equipment to restore oxygen to the lake.
When it comes to the overpopulation of wildlife, they plan to put in bass in the water to bring down the number of brim. Crews have also suspended feeding the ducks and the birds in the park.
Anderson said it will take some time for everything to find balance and get back to normal. But there's no threat to the public only a horrible stench.
"This is a gorgeous setting out here, nice and green with flowers. But when you come out here and see all the dead fish, it's cause of concern," Anderson added.
Visitors in the park, like Mike Reagan, said they can't wait until the problem is solved.
"It's a real mess. It's a shame because my favorite thing to do is to bring my nieces and nephews here to feed the fish," Reagan said.