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"WASHINGTON — Officials believe the recent extreme heat was responsible for the deaths of several hundred fish found belly-up in a pond on the National Mall. A mix of bluegill, sunfish and bass was found dead this week in the pond at Constitution Gardens. The shallow pond sits just west of the World War II Memorial. National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst says he did not have an exact number of the number of fish that died. Officials say the recent heat likely spurred on the growth of algae, robbing the water of oxygen. A similar fish kill happened in the same pond in 2013. Litterst says the agency is in talks to add an aeration system and make the pond deeper so that another fish kill doesn't happen.", nypost.com
"Several hundred fishes are dying at the Constitution Gardens pond located near the World War II Memorial and officials say a recent heat wave is likely in part to blame.The hot weather can create two hazardous conditions for fish in man-made ponds, such as", wjla.com
"The stench of rotting fish is filling Washington's National Mall during the height of the summer tourist season, placing the Park Service's aging infrastructure and poor ecological design in full view. The region's heatwave is partly to blame for the hundreds of fish going belly-up on the surface of the Mall's centrally located Constitution Gardens pond near such popular attractions as the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. National Park Service agents have been scrambling to remove the carcasses of dead bluegill, sunfish and other common species from the pond, while noting that the pungent smell of rotting fish has been lingering in the air for days. Park spokesman Mike Litterst told the newspaper that there was still an odor in the air. Nevertheless, such a large fish kill is not a rare occurrence, he said, especially in light of Washington's hot and extremely humid summer weather. Temperatures have been", www.washingtonexaminer.com
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