A Koi Club contact from a monastery and the saving of a pond and its koi.
Two years ago, the koi pond at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido was so polluted and overgrown, lay volunteer Ron Forster said the only things you could see in the murky brown water were “orange blobs” moving around beneath the surface.
Frustrated at their inability to keep the pond ecologically balanced and worried for the survival of its occupants, the monks at the 400-acre property asked Forster if he could figure out how to dismantle the pond and find new homes for its 20 or so koi fish.
Fortunately for the monks and the koi, Forster reached out to the Koi Club of San Diego, which will host its 32nd annual Koi Show this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They sent Forster to club member Jerry Myers, who runs a free rescue and rehoming service for unwanted and abandoned koi.
Monastery's serene pond a tribute to koi show, lay volunteers - The San Diego Union-Tribune (sandiegouniontribune.com)