The lake at Lakemont Park in Blair County, Pennsylvania, has been drained so that sediment can be removed. Unfortunately, officials in charge of the project apparently failed to make humane provisions for the countless fish and turtles who called the lake home. Evidently ignoring repeated pleas from local activists who volunteered to rescue the animals and transport them to local privately owned ponds—at the activists’ own expense!—officials reportedly drained the lake and left the fish to suffocate. While officials apparently now claim that they plan to save as many turtles as possible, it’s unclear how they will do so when the animals have burrowed themselves for the winter in the very sediment that the county apparently plans to remove!
Please email the Blair County Commissioners at [email protected]. Urge them to disclose to the public their plans to save the turtles at Lakemont Park. Let them know that allowing the fish to suffocate is unacceptable, and urge them always to include humane plans for animals who may be affected by any future projects. Urge them to be forthcoming with citizens regarding future projects, as inscrutability on the county’s part prevents officials from receiving valuable assistance from and breeds contention among their constituents.