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Monday, September 26, 2016

If you think your job stinks, talk to David Foster

Foster is Recreation & Parks groundskeeper whose main job this week has been to collect all the dead carp floating in Echo Park Lake. More than 200 fish have died in recent days, with one state official speculating that a form of carp or koi herpes is to blame. But no one knows for sure. Meanwhile, someone has to scoop all those dead fish from the water, a job that has fallen primarily to Foster. This morning, after picking up dead fish along the shoreline, Foster took out a boat to collect more fish further out in the water, dumping the bodies into a trash can until it was full. Foster placed a scented candle he found in the park this morning inside his truck to help ward off the smell. So far there are no signs the fish-die off is slowing down as Echo Park Lake prepares to host two events this weekend, a Cuban Music Festival and an Obesity Walk. Nothing like the sight of dead fish to kill your appetite.



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