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Jun 12, 2019 4:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Dangerous Blue-Green Algae Discovered In Mill Pond, Wainscott Pond

Jun 13, 2019 10:43 AM

Harmful cyanobacteria blooms—commonly known as blue-green algae, have been discovered in Mill Pond in Southampton and Wainscott Pond in East Hampton.

According to release sent out by the Suffolk County Department of Health, sampling performed by Stony Brook University confirmed the presence of a new cyanobacteria blooms.

Health officials are asking residents not to use or swim or wade in the waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area.

Although blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, they can become abundant, forming blooms in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red. They may produce floating scums on the surface of the water or may cause the water to take on paint-like appearance.

Contact with waters that appear scummy or discolored should be avoided. If contact does occur, the health department advises that people rinse off with clean water immediately, and seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur after contact: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation; or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom at a body of water that contains a Suffolk County-permitted bathing beach, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by email at any time at scdhsweb@suffolkcountyny.gov.

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... it happens every year.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jun 12, 19 5:49 PM
Pink lakes have been around since nearly time immemorial.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 19 1:24 AM
How long are we going to wait till all our ponds are polluted beyond saving. Town board get off you a____ and pass some laws. The 212's will leave and we will end up like a ghost town with no building, lawns to cut and service. The tax money will dry up and the people will leave.
Can't be a politician without money to spend....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jun 12, 19 6:20 PM
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The nihilists know that the ponds will be underwater in the next 40 years.

Montauk Highway will be the new Dune Rd.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 19 1:21 AM
Couldn't be the millions of gallons of runoff off deerfirld road from farm fields? Nah
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 13, 19 12:12 AM
"Better living through modern chemistry..."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 13, 19 1:19 AM
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Mill pond was clear when it was only farm fields, I think that myth has been proven false.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Jun 13, 19 9:09 AM
It’s the cesspools from the million dollar homes along Mill Pond shoreline that’s polluting the pond. It’s not politically correct to go after the wealthy homeowners, so let’s blame the farmers. There were more farm acres running into the pond in the past, while the water remained clear. Time to go after the real culprits.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Jun 13, 19 1:45 PM
...and don’t forget their green manicured lawns.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Jun 13, 19 5:54 PM
Today's Special : Piping Plover served with Blue-Green Algae sauce. .
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Jun 13, 19 8:21 AM
Presumably this is the Mill Pond in Water Mill, not some other one "in Southampton?"

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 13, 19 1:12 PM
It’s obviously the Carps fault... We should ban Carp immediately!
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 13, 19 2:32 PM
Blue-green is the new clear.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Jun 14, 19 6:48 AM