Large algae bloom infesting a Center Point pond
CENTER POINT, Ala. —
What was supposed to be a simple fix, turned into to a headache for people in Center Point. The pond at Reed Harvey Park has a large algae bloom. Though the city has been working to correct the problem, they can't seem to find the right solution.
One neighbor told ABC 3340's Amber Grigley, the pond started growing a significant amount of algae back in February. Neighbors called the city to handle the problem, but months later, they are still dealing with it.
"If they don't understand the problem then they need to get professional help to alleviate the problem," said James Price.
It's a frustrating situation for Price and neighbors. They have spent months battling the algae bloom in the pond.
"Well, it's not just the algae. It's the smell that the algae make," said Price.
The last couple of weeks, Price said the pond has experienced a large fish kill, as the algae are depriving the water of oxygen.
"I would consider this as a significant fish kill. Based upon the density of the population of the fish in the pond," said Price.
Price's house sits close to the pond. He said the pond was the best feature to his house.
"It was beautiful and it was very, very natural and untouched. You could see to the bottom of the pond, you could see the fish swimming in the pond," said Price.
But lately, that has not been the case.
"In the ten years that I've been here, it's deteriorated significantly, and it's a shame," said Price.
I spoke to Center Point Mayor Tom Henderson, he told me they treat all of their ponds for algae. A few days ago, the city did a second treatment, but this bloom has been hard to get rid of.
"I don't think they understand the normality of the problem because it has not been corrected up to this point. But yes, I would like to see the pond cleaned up," said Price.
Price said they had this problem last year, but it wasn't as bad as this year's. Having a background in aquaculture, he said the pond needs more than chemicals and the city needs to invest in a good pump to help alleviate the algae.
They have to wait at least 60 days for the second treatment to sit. Then they can determine what to do next.