By LAURA HALM6 News Reporter
FOUNTAIN CITY (WATE) - A Fountain City homeowner contacted 6 News Monday. She was upset about the condition of a popular duck pond, saying it's the worst she's ever seen.
The Lion's Club owns the park and lake, so members re responsible for cleaning up the mess. We're told they try and have someone out cleaning almost every day.
It costs them a lot of time and money and they're trying to find a way to afford solutions to the problem.Chasing the geese is one of Axel the dog's favorite pass times at Fountain City Lake.
"We come down here a lot and it's almost always dirty," said his owner Lauren Chase.Chase tries keeping a close eye on him, but Axel managed to slip away and jump into the lake."It is just absolutely disgusting," added Chase.That seems to be a shared sentiment even from the people who manage the lake."I don't know if I've ever seen it quite this bad," said Lion's Club President Travis Henderson.Henderson says that's because there's been an increase in the duck and geese population, a very wet summer, and the water simply isn't flowing properly.
Henderson plans to meet with city leaders and environmental specialists to come up with solutions."We have to use biodegradable chemicals and we're having to research those, better aeration for when the water circulates out of the pond probably will be one of the stages," added Henderson.Another fix is to drain and clear the waste out of the lake. Henderson says he hopes all this can happen by this winter, but it won't be a quick fix."We have to do them all at the same time or we're kind of just spinning our wheels and nothing is going to get done properly," said Henderson.The next hurdle for the Lion's Club to jump is finding the money to make these fixes. Until then, it's up to the community to clean up after themselves.
"It needs a lot of love for the safety of the ducks," said Fountain City resident Traci Callis.The Lion's Club wants to remind everyone not to feed the geese or ducks bread, crackers, or popcorn because it adds to the waste build up in the lake.
Years ago the group installed feeders to help with pollution.