A chemical spilled into a nearby channel… And left the water looking… Pastier than normal.
“I was out walking along the lakeshore here, as I typically do, and there’s a big, thick, dense cloud of water along the shoreline,” says Brian Vanpay of Oshkosh. “And it kind of extended out on top of the water and I told my dogs to get out of there.”
The substance is called titanium dioxide and the Department of Natural Resources says it is harmless and that people are confusing it for algae.
But those living near the channel leading into Asylum Bay, say what is happening is not normal.
Neighbors cite the amount of dead fish as evidence of a larger problem. And there are dozens bobbing around the bay.
DNR says one issue is not related to the other, and the dead fish are normal for the season.
A nearby fisherman says he is not buying it.
“I wouldn’t be too confident with eating them, I guess,” said Alan Long, who lives alongside the channel at Cozy Lane. “Not too happy. There’s some dead fish–it’s the bluegill run right now and, I don’t know, we don’t see any bluegills. So, it chased the bluegills out.”
DNR took a sample of the pasty substance with results pointing to algae.
Regardless, there are many unhappy people wanting assurances that this will not happen again.
“They didn’t do anything over here,” said Long. “Not a thing. Haven’t seen anybody come up in a boat or anything.”
The DNR says the substance has already dissipated and there are no plans for a cleanup.