This past Friday, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. (Ward 4) was notified by a concerned neighbor regarding a large amount of dead fish on the perimeter of Canada Pond. He visited the location, and sent pictures to his office that were then shared with the appropriate partners.
“It appears to me that the pond was drained to low,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “As soon as I learned of the issue on Friday I had my staff reach out to the Department of Environmental Management and the City’s Department of Public Works to get answers. There are several theories, and I have invited members of the team involved to join me at tonight’s community meeting to brief my constituents. I have been told that this is an unfortunate side-effect of doing this kind of work.”
The pond was drained to make much-needed repairs to the gates and the dam itself, which will keep the dam in working order for the foreseeable future.
Canada pond is located off Branch Avenue next to Route 146 and is roughly a mile long. Narducci continued, “There have been no significant repairs to the damn since the early part of the last century, and this is an important safety fix for our residents. However, I was assured that the aquatic life would not be harmed. I am deeply disappointed that this happened, and I have been assured that the DEM is working to solve the issue and remove the dead fish.”
As the pond has been drained, workers have come across a great deal of debris. “One of the reasons so many of the fish have died could be because of the disturbance from removing these large items. It’s a reminder that we need to be better stewards of our natural areas,” continued Narducci.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader will be holding his community meeting this evening at 5:30 PM at the DaVinci Center, which is located at 470 Charles Street in Providence. Members from the City’s team working on this project will be on hand to give an update to the project and remediation efforts.