EAST TOLEDO -- A dead cow and a few cars were just some of the many strange objects found in Hecklinger's Pond one year ago. The pond at Burger St. and Seaman Rd. in east Toledo was so polluted, it was unsafe to even go fishing.
The pond has improved, however, and is now considered a natural wetland, reports News 11's Shelley Brown.
Over the last year, the pond has been drained and cleared of debris, contaminated fish and vegetation. It's been refilled since then, and on this Earth Day, it was restocked with some popular fish.
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and several east Toledo residents were on hand for the occasion.
"Today for east Toledoans, this is an historic day," Finkbeiner said.
Presumably, it's an historic day for the fish, too! At least 8,000 bass, blue gill and perch made their way into the pond.
Folks in the area appeared to be thrilled with the pond's transformation.
"As a kid I fished here. Let's see I'm 78. That's 70 years ago," says Jack Hoffman. "It was never this clean back then. It's beautiful today."
"My son likes to fish, and it's nice to know that they finally cleaned out all the trash out of here," says Melonie Ayers, another east Toledo resident.
"We also need to do everything in our power to keep that air as clean as possible, the soil as clean as possible," the mayor said.