Fish, bird deaths probed at NJ reservoir

April 23, 2009 3:12:29 PM PDT
Authorities are investigating why fish and birds are dying at a higher-than-normal rate at a northern New Jersey reservoir. A security guard first noticed the dead fish, mostly carp, along the banks of the Oradell Reservoir April 14. More fish and birds, mergansers, started turning up dead in the days that followed.

The 3.5 billion gallons of water is spread out over six thousand acres.

The Oradell Reservoir is the drinking water source for both Bergen and Hudson counties -- three quarters of a million people.

When an unusual number of dead fish and birds began to show up, United Water began to investigate.

So far their tests have not turning up any answers, but something is killing birds and fish here. We found three dead ducks in the water during our visit.

For now, United Water won't speculate on what's happening. State Fish and Wildlife officials have been unable to determine a cause of death because the remains were too decomposed for testing.

United Water Spokesman Rich Henning says the water supply is safe for drinking.


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