A fish kill in a pond at the former Athens County Home property on Route 13 is being investigated by County Commissioner Charlie Adkins.

"There's a bunch of dead fish that have floated to the top," Adkins said, adding that he believes death was caused by lack of oxygen in the water. The dead fish were discovered by a county maintenance worker who was mowing in the area.

Adkins said he is trying to determine if the pond is worth saving, and what the cost would be.

"We're just in the research stage now," Adkins said, explaining that he's talked to a couple people with experience in building and cleaning ponds. Adkins said he also plans to consult the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District.

The site has a dry hydrant that would allow water from the pond to be used for fire protection.

Adkins said he spoke with the Chauncey-Dover Volunteer Fire Department and was told the pond is considered an important source of water in the event of a fire at the former County Home building or other structures in the area.

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