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Apr 30, 2016 12:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Wickapogue Pond Contaminated With Blue-Green Algae Blooms

May 2, 2016 4:58 PM

A bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, was recently discovered in Wickapogue Pond in Southampton.

The algae was discovered in water sampling performed by Stony Brook University, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. As a result, the Health Department is warning residents to avoid swimming in the contaminated water and to keep children and pets away from it.

Blue-green algae is naturally found in most lakes and streams in low numbers. It isn’t dangerous until it starts to form in large numbers, or blooms. When the algae forms a bloom, like in Wickapogue Pond, it could cause health problems if the contaminated water comes in contact with humans or pets.

The Health Department urges residents to report suspected blue-green algae blooms in Suffolk County waters by contacting the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at (631) 852-5760.

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And so it starts, again.....so sad our enclosed waters have become so polluted.
By windy1 (7), Southampton on Apr 30, 16 4:03 PM
Thank you to Southampton's college for monitoring our waters.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 30, 16 5:00 PM
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Nice lawns next door, great run off from out roads. Maybe a sewage treatment plant?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 30, 16 6:55 PM
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No the farm that was on Wickapogue ran into the pond for a century, and you are blaming lawns? Lol
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 30, 16 9:44 PM
So you point blame at the farmers?? WOW!!

"Typically algae blooms are caused by an oxygen deficiency water column, excessive nutrients loads i. e. nitrogen and phosphorous runoff from lawns, agriculture land, septic systems etc., biodegradable materials i. e. dead leaves and place material, fecal matter from fish, frogs, birds and other aquatic life and sunlight "

Lets think about ALL the other components that lead to the blooms rather than pointing blame at the farmers!!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 1, 16 8:54 AM
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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 1, 16 9:20 AM
What do you think is applied to farm land? Fertilizers are used there too. The nitrogen and phosphorus feed the blooms as they develop and grow.

Runoff from the road is more likely to contain salts and oils from the traffic.
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on May 3, 16 9:26 AM