Goldfish and other aquarium species invading local storm ponds
A fishy situation is going on at a few ponds around Lethbridge. Aquatic invasive species, including goldfish and koi have become an issue at Firelight Park, Chinook Lake, and Elm Groves Pond. The species have been illegally released into storm water ponds and other water bodies, altering aquatic habitats so that it becomes inhabitable for native populations.
Water & Wastewater Communications & Outreach Specialist, with the City of Lethbridge, Stephanie Vehnon, says they will be taking inventory of the invasive species as a way to address the issue.
The City says if you find goldfish in your storm pond, you can catch them and dispose of them. Do not release them back to the storm pond.