Published: Aug 09, 2010 11:36 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 09, 2010 7:55 PM EDT

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - Hundreds of rotting fish in a Golden Gate Estates canal have neighbors worried about what's in the water. The fish are fouling a canal near Everglades Boulevard.

"It's bad, it's bad. When you walk out here to get the paper you can smell it way over at my house," Saxon Cole says of the stench coming from the canal running along his house on 20th Avenue SE.

His father, Dan, questions if the fish kill is due to South Florida Water Management recently spraying the embankments for weeds.

The agency tells WINK News they only use approved chemicals that won't kill anything living in the water. They believe heat and heavy rain, along with other weather patterns this time of year caused the fish to die.

However, some wonder if the water could be hurting them as well.

"We all have wells too. My well point is right there. Am I drinking that water?" Dan Cole asks.

Water management says no. They will go out to the canal and investigate, but don't have a timetable set up yet.