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Delaware Canal pump failure leads to fish kill

October 28, 2013
Associated Press

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) — Officials at a southeastern Pennsylvania park are reporting a large fish kill after a pump that brings water to a canal failed over the weekend.

The (Doylestown) Intelligencer ( said a stretch of the Delaware Canal in New Hope, Bucks County, was filled Monday with thousands of dead and dying small-mouth bass, perch, minnows and other warm-water fish lining the muddy bottom of the canal.

Delaware Canal State Park manager Rick Dalton said the pump in the Delaware River was shut down last week so crews could reduce the water level and remove mud and rock that collects in the historic waterway.

It was turned back on Friday but maintenance workers realized the pump was off Monday morning. Dalton said a tripped breaker may be to blame.


Information from: The Intelligencer,



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