There is still no official cause for a fish kill at a South Knoxville pond, but it's likely that the extreme heat contributed to the deaths.
TWRA dispatchers say they have not been asked to investigate the kill.
However, TWRA water quality biologists say in cases like this one, the cause is often a dissolved oxygen issue common in extreme heat. It occurs frequently in ponds at golf courses where the bottom of the pond gets stirred up by people searching for golf balls. Algae flourishes in the heat in ponds. Algae produces oxygen during the day but uses oxygen at night and can suffocate fish.
One South Knoxville community is overwhelmed with the smell of fish after thousands of them died in a local pond.
It happened at Butterfly Pond in South Knoxville.
The little white fish can be found in and around the privately-owned pond.
The Knoxville Police Department handled the call, which they turned over to TWRA.
Neighbors said they started to smell the fish Saturday.
Residents are concerned the dead fish might become a health hazard for local animals and the community.