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Runners, Fishermen complained about the unwelcome sight and smell of dead fish in Westhersfield

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Many residents complained about the smell of the dead fish. (WFSB) Many residents complained about the smell of the dead fish. (WFSB)
Hundreds of dead fish washed up along Wethersfield shore. (WFSB) Hundreds of dead fish washed up along Wethersfield shore. (WFSB)
Hundreds of dead fish washed up under a bridge near the Griswold River in Westhersfield. (WFSB) Hundreds of dead fish washed up under a bridge near the Griswold River in Westhersfield. (WFSB)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Hundreds of dead sunfish and bass washed up along a popular Wethersfield trail and many fishermen and runners have complained about the smell.  

Many people told Eyewitness News they noticed hundreds of dead fish washed up under a bridge near the Griswold Reservoir, which is off Highland Street, this weekend. On Monday, Wethersfield resident Mandela Graves was out for a run when she saw it. 

"It's just not very appealing. I probably won't go back there," Graves said. "It's just gross." 

However, her biggest complaint was the smell. 

"It's not pretty, it smells really bad," Graves said. 

Town officials told Eyewitness News they know about the problem and said it's due to our harsh winter. The thick layer of ice left no oxygen for the fish and with all the melting, the fish are now washing up.

The town said they've been in contact with officials at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the local health district.

Both DEEP and health officials agree to let nature take it's course by letting them flow out or get eaten by wild animals.

However, for those who enjoy the area such as Graves, they said they wish it could be cleaned up.

"I think it's unfortunate because it is a really pretty area," Graves said. "You don't know how long that is going to take and it would be nice to be cleaned and smelling decent."

The town said this is the second time in four years this has happened.

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