Rainfall could have caused hundreds of dead fish in East Wichita creek

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

On beautiful, sunny days Christine Pollard is out feeding the ducks and enjoying the creek in the Fabrique neighborhood.

“I've gotten to know the ducks. I usually feed them either crackers or bird seed and they love it,” said Pollard.

She called KAKE News over the weekend after she discovered hundreds of dead fish in the Fabrique Drain. She says she was concerned people were dumping waste into the waters. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism say the recent rains could have played a role in the fish kill.

Sean Lynott, Regional Fisheries Supervisor said, “this time of year kills like this are not uncommon. Within the last several weeks we have received significant rainfall in the area and have quite a bit of runoff. By and large most fish kills in Kansas are created because of dissolved oxygen.”

Another cause could be toxins that get into storm drainage pipes which flow directly into bodies of water.

While contamination is not suspected, other factors could be residential yard waste

“We look at an urban area and you have runoff, anything that is on the landscape is going to end up on the little intermittent streams. It could be things as simple as nutrients from fertilizers being applied to yards,” said Lynott.

While trash and litter don't necessarily kill fish, Pollard says she and her husband try to maintain their neighborhood creek and keep the area clean of trash.

“Now that it is getting nicer, it is getting worse. My husband and I come out every weekend and we bring a trash bag and pick up trash,” said Pollard.

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