Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In Ventura County Drainage Canal

Crews on Tuesday and Wednesday were cleaning up thousands of dead fish found in a drainage canal. The fish were first discovered on Monday in the Ventura County Watershed Protection District Drain off J Street and Hueneme Road near the border of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. On Tuesday, a biologist was at the scene evaluating the dead fish and taking samples from the water. Pam Lindsey an ecologist with the watershed protection district said it is still unclear how the fish died, but at this point they believe a lightning strike is to blame. Lindsey said a power pole adjacent to the channel was struck by lightning and at this point a lightning strike is the most plausible cause for the death of the thousands of fish.

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