Algae infested lakes bad for Middletown business

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– There are some algae-infested lakes in Middletown. One person says it could seriously impact his local business.

It’s green, its slimy, and its popping up in ponds and lakes all over the City of Middletown.

“Some of the algae that’s floating along on top creates a little bit of extra work for us,” said Stephen Lisitano, Executive Chef.

Watery plant life it seems is growing everywhere there’s large bodies of stagnant water.

It’s a problem Executive Chef of the Pavilion at Chrystal Lake Stephen Lisitano knows all to well, keeping the waters there as clean as the name of his catering venue suggests is a big part of his businesses.

“For the business, it sets the atmosphere of where we are and what we have to offer,” said Lisitano.

But not everywhere has a Stephen with a vested interest like he does at keeping the green goop at bay.

At places like Butternut Hollow Municipal Park a thick green film fills up much of the pond.

“I come here for time to time,” said Abdel Garil Mansluf, who was visiting the park.pond scum

Even for the birds, it seems prefer a branch or a patch of grass on dry land to the waters there.

And News 8’s tried to find out what the City is doing about it. We’ve made calls to the public works department even stopping by several times Thursday alone in person, no one we were told was available to talk with us.

But based on what we found from the minutes of the City’s Public Works & Facilities Commission’s Tuesday meeting, City Hall is talking about the pond at Butternut Hollow.

It doesn’t say on it what was discussed specifically but people like Stephen say anything the city can do to clear out the muck in Middletown water would be helpful.

“I think something should be done, whatever could be done would be nice to see,” said Lisitano.

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