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Aug 19, 2016 6:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Blue-Green Algae Found In Mecox Bay

Aug 22, 2016 9:15 AM

A new cyanobacteria bloom was found this week in Mecox Bay in Water Mill, according to a release Friday from the Suffolk County Health Department.

The finding, reported by Stony Brook University scientists, prompted the Suffolk County Health Department to issue a warning, asking people not to swim in the contaminated water, according to the release.

Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae, are normally found in small numbers in lakes and ponds but can be dangerous to humans 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, explained the release. The algae may produce floating scum on the surface of the water, or may cause the water to take on “paint-like appearance,” the release notes.

The algae was also found this week in the Niger Pond in Calverton and the Peconic River in Riverhead.

To report a suspected algae-bloom in one of the county's bodies of water, individuals are urged to 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 anytime via email at scdhsweb@suffolkcountyny.gov.

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Where in Mecox?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 19, 16 7:13 PM
The SC Health Dept. press release does not say, and the linked NYS DEC source says only that the Extent of Bloom was "Not reported" -- see line item 33 here:

dec [dot] ny [dot] gov [slash] chemical [slash] 83310 [dot] html
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 19, 16 7:24 PM
Can we still eat the shellfish/crabs?
By Tellyourtale (5), Southampton on Aug 19, 16 7:30 PM
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Aug 29, 16 10:35 PM
Unless the cut is open, and the bay is flushed, I wouldn't eat anything from Mecox.

Years ago, I was fishing Obsidian Creek in Yellowstone when it began to rain heavily. Obsidian, for those of you not in the know, is black volcanic glass.

All the runoff from the road, gave it a new reason to be black...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 19, 16 7:47 PM
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let the cut open to clean the bay and the hell with those piping plovers!!! these birds have stopped the letting of all the polluted ponds and bays in our area;
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 19, 16 8:58 PM
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They've been opening the Mecox cut for hundreds of years.

For some reason they stopped this year?
It's not because of the plovers

Maybe some turmoil between the trustees?
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Aug 20, 16 7:13 AM
They haven't opened the cut because the homeowners on the water freak out about the smell draining it creates. They'll wait till after Labor Day when all the rich folks are gone.
By G (342), Southampton on Aug 20, 16 8:16 AM
The Trustees had a meeting a couple of months ago to gather public input for a Mecox Management Plan. There was agreement that the cut be opened when certain criteria were met , the homeowners argued for a set time for it to be opened with a mechanism in place to close it. Since then there has been SILENCE from our Trustees on this matter, what's up guys? This is much more important than some pie in the sky grand project at Triton Road . No rain has meant a low water level but the dissolved o2 has ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 20, 16 9:03 AM
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When Fred was there, it was done correctly. EGOS...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 21, 16 10:13 AM
Mecox is nasty. Open the cut already!
By windy1 (7), Southampton on Aug 21, 16 12:46 PM
No comment from out Trustees? Off for the weekend?
Can we take crabs???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 21, 16 3:31 PM
bring back Fred. He was the only trustee to ever really understand the bays and their needs. Miss u Fred.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 22, 16 5:52 PM
the hundreds of swans and canada geese in Hay Ground Cove and other creeks aren't helping any. in those areas the smell is nasty. it reeks of that of the long gone duck farms
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Aug 29, 16 10:41 PM
The surrounding homeowners fertilizer & septic systems...eww-yuk.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Aug 30, 16 11:22 AM