Many Los Alamos residents consider Ashley Pond Park “the jewel” of Los Alamos. But, unlike a jewel, the pond is a living system - a living system that is dying.
Ashley Pond’s in the early stages of eutrophication - a depletion of oxygen in the water. A combination of factors are contributing to the pond’s demise including an overabundant fish population, waterfowl and pollutants from storm water runoff. Dissolved nutrients from fertilizer or sewage encourage the growth and decomposition of oxygen-depleting plant life, which harms other organisms.