BUFFALO, NY -- For years, Hoyt Lake in Buffalo's Delaware Park has been known more for the scent than the scenery, all due to dead fish piling up on the banks. But that's about to change.
State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60th District) helped secure $100,000 in this year's budget to purchase equipment and pay for the electrical bill to pump oxygen into the lake.
A lack of oxygen is to blame for the dead fish. The problem has gotten so bad, workers removed 4.6 tons of dead fish from the lake over a 3-day period last month, according to documents obtained by 2 On Your Side.
Last year, the state DEC commissioner and local leaders held a news conference to announce $150,000 for cleanup at Hoyt Lake and Scajaquada Creek; however, no work has taken place. State officials tell 2 On Your Side the money is currently tied up in the state comptroller's office.
Grisanti said the $100,000 earmarked for Hoyt Lake in the latest budget is already approved, and barring any complications, he believes the equipment could be purchased and operating by July.
Meantime, hundreds of volunteers are expected to attend a "spring clean" at Hoyt Lake this weekend. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host the event from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Conservancy released the following information:
Where to meet: Marcy Casino (199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222)
What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work Clothes (Including old sneakers or boots)
• Sunglasses or hat for sun protection
• Shovels, rakes, pool skimmers, pick sticks, garbage bags, etc.
• Free stainless steel water bottle as a part of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's continuing effort to replace plastic, non-degradable water bottles (that could end up in our waterways) with reusable water bottles.
• Free volunteer BBQ immediately following the clean-up
o Where: American Legion Hall, 533 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
o When: 12pm-3pm
• Perfect for community service hours