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Jul 22, 2016 9:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Harmful Algae Blooms Found In Two More Local Ponds

Jul 26, 2016 12:05 PM

Stony Brook University scientists identified potentially dangerous blue-green algae blooms in two additional local ponds on Friday.

Samples taken from Sagaponack Pond in Sagaponack and Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton tested positive for the blue-green algae.

The harmful algae blooms have also been found in Old Town Pond and Agawam Pond in Southampton, Wainscott Pond in Wainscott, Georgica Pond in East Hampton, and Mill Pond in Water Mill, all of which have been listed on the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Harmful Algal Bloom Notification page since earlier this summer.

Suffolk County Department of Health officials say residents should keep out of these bodies of water and keep their pets and children away from the area.

Also referred to as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria are normally found in small numbers in lakes and ponds but can be dangerous to humans and animals if they start to grow and form blooms. The algae are usually a shade of green, though they can also be blue-green, yellow, brown or red. The algae may also produce scum that floats on the water surface, or may cause the water to take on a paint-like appearance.

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How much is that home on the bay or ocean going to be worth if you can't swim or fish in the water?!!

Stop over-development near our bays and drinking water sources.

Turf + pesticides = pollution. This isn't really too confusing, is it?
By sag2harbor (117), sag harbor on Jul 23, 16 6:34 AM
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The people that own those homes do not swim or fish in those ponds. POOL and fish wrapped in paper... After those ponds get polluted they will move away to another hot spot.
Heck I wouldn't swim in any of those ponds now. No one swam in Agawam when I played there in the 1960's.
Look at the green lawns around these ponds and bays. Shinnecock Bay West, Quogue Canal, beautiful lawns, Brown Tide... Go figure???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 23, 16 8:21 AM
This is sad and we're seeing this problem year after year. When will something be done?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Jul 23, 16 11:16 AM
Between the years 1946 and circa 1965, potatoes were grown on the 25 acres on the south side of Mill Pond and the 26 acres on the north side. DDT was sprayed with abandon until it was banned, and all that time the lake was never negatively affected. Would that not put the problem squarely on the proliferation of homes and their septic systems that occurred starting in the late 60's or so?
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 23, 16 12:18 PM
The planting of lawns (turf) and use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc...

All of these chemicals are necessary to keep the grass alive and green in our neck of the woods.
By sag2harbor (117), sag harbor on Jul 23, 16 3:01 PM
Just look at the acres of lawns that now line Mill Pond. Limit the turf you stop the majority of the nitrogen, which is the cause of the algae.
By CleanWater (122), East Quogue on Jul 23, 16 3:16 PM
Pleased to see that Wildwood Lake is not one of those listed as being "infected" with the blue-green algae.

Sometimes its good to be isolated and ignored in the corner of the Town.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 23, 16 3:28 PM
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Perfect example! Twenty years ago the County purchased and preserved the undeveloped land around Wildwood lake and stopped a development plan from happening.
By CleanWater (122), East Quogue on Jul 23, 16 4:58 PM
Preserve It

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has been studying The Hills at Southampton planned development district with interest.

Initially, the LWVH Natural Resources Committee agreed to recommend that the Town Board reject the PDD because of potential environmental concerns. Now that the Town Board has recommended that Community Preservation Fund monies be used to purchase and preserve the land, we applaud them for this decision [“Town Makes Bid For Land,” ...more
By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jul 24, 16 7:26 AM
The local municipalities have absolutely no mechanism in place to stop the Thurston Howell's from maintaining their waterfront lawns similar to putting green. It's only when they apply for a new home or renovation that the conservation laws take effect. Unfortunately green lawns equal green water.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Jul 25, 16 7:54 PM