A LAVINGTON woman has urged the Albury Council to clean up the National Foresters Grove lagoon after she found dead carp floating in rubbish and algae.
Tracey Flemming, who walks her dog in the park off Wagga Road twice a day, said while the pond was usually in a bad state, it was much worse this week.
“It’s disappointing the pond looks like this at the moment,” she said.
“It’s such a beautiful park. I enjoy walking through there but the state of it needs to improve.”
She said her dog, Jess, had been attracted to the lagoon but as soon as her nose touched a dead carp in the water, she jumped backwards in alarm.
Ms Flemming said she had never seen fish in the lagoon before and thought anglers might have put them there.
Apart from the state of the water, she was concerned there were few bins in the park and no doggie waste stations.
“People are more likely to dispose of their rubbish if there are bins around,” she said.
“And they are more likely to pick up their dog’s business if there are bags available.
“It will make it more pleasant for everyone.
“It is a popular park and travellers do stop here.”
She said the lagoon did not seem to be a priority for the council and it should check the water quality each month.
The council’s engineering director, Brad Ferris, said the council would inspect the lagoon.
“We will implement an appropriate clean-up based on the outcome of that inspection,” he said.
Mr Ferris said council-managed waterways were inspected regularly but their condition could change rapidly with weather conditions.
He said recent rain had affected council waterways.
He said ducks and other birds nesting near lagoon would be affected by regular clean-ups.
But he said the council was happy to clean up such areas when it was required.
He said the council worked closely with the National Foresters Grove committee.
The council would discuss the issue at its next meeting with the lagoon committee.