Langley City’s lack of action on Brydon Lagoon a problem

This fish kill could have been prevented or minimized, had the city acted on dealing with malfunctioning pumps.

Editor: What has not been pointed out is that much of Brydon Lagoon’s bird life and diversity was a result of fish being there. Some of these fish may have arrived naturally when the Nicomekl flooded.  Although most were non-native species, these fish supported a large array of native birds.  The lack of oxygen/aeration resulting in such a massive fish kill will negatively impact the cormorants, hooded and common mergansers, green and great blue herons, scaups, grebes, kingfishers, visiting osprey and resident pair of nesting bald eagles.

If City staff had chosen to replace the fountain that they couldn’t fix, it is possible that this fish kill could have been prevented or minimized.  The lack of action on dredging is another concern. If the City continues to do nothing, the lagoon will continue to gradually fill up with sediment until it may become little more than ideal habitat for mosquitoes.

Anthea Farr,

Langley Field Naturalists

Langley Times