SHOTLIST:

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Washington, D.C. - August 15, 2013

1. Wide - View of Constitution Gardens Pond with National Monument in background

2. Mid- Ducks swimming around pond

3. Mid - People running around pond

4. Mid - Visitors staring at the pond

5. Close - Dead fish floating

6. SOUNDBITE: (English), Sam Lewis, consultant and new resident of D.C. - overlaid with pan of pond:

"I kind of thought they were flowers. We walked over here and it's thousands of dead fish. Not flowers."

7. Mid - Park ranger sweeping pond with net

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Gentile, National Park Service Guide/summer intern:

"I guess over last night, the fish started dying off and this morning, we're over here, cleaning up all the floating ones."

9. Mid - Park ranger loading bags of dead fish into truck

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Patty Truitt, regular visitor to the pond:

"I walk here regularly, every week, a couple of days a week and I've never smelled it like this. It's disgusting."

11. Wide - Floating fish in pond

12. Wide - People walking around the pond

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THEY COME FOR MONUMENTS AND THE MALL - THE SIGHTS AND THE SOUNDS. BUT ... NOT SO MUCH THE SMELL.

AT LEAST - NOT RIGHT NOW.

VISITORS TO WASHINGTON D.C. THIS WEEK , GETTING A BIT OF A STINKY SURPRISE AT THE CONSTITUTION GARDENS POND.

(SOT: Sam Lewis, consultant and new resident of D.C. - overlaid with pan of pond)

"I kind of thought they were flowers. We walked over here and it's thousands of dead fish. Not flowers."

THAT'S RIGHT ... LOTS AND LOTS OF DEAD FISH - AND THE AUROMA - NOT PLEASANT.

PRELIMINARY TESTS SUGGEST THAT ALGAE IS THE CULPRIT.

(SOT: Mark Gentile, National Park Service guide/summer intern)

"I guess over last night, the fish started dying off and this morning, we're over here, cleaning up all the floating ones."

BUT SOME VISITORS BELIEVE THEY AREN'T GETTING RID OF THEM FAST ENOUGH.

(SOT: Patty Truitt, D.C. resident and regular visitor to the pond)

"I walk here regularly, every week, a couple of days a week and I've never smelled it like this. It's disgusting."

THE PARK SERVICE SAYS FISH KILLS HAPPEN HERE "OCCASIONALLY" DUE TO LOW OXYGEN LEVELS IN THE WATER.

JILL CRAIG/Associated Press