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Jun 7, 2016 2:40 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

First Toxic Bloom Appears In Wainscott Pond

Jun 7, 2016 2:50 PM

Heavy rainfall over the weekend sparked the first toxic blue-green algae bloom in Wainscott Pond this week, the State Department of Environmental Conservation and scientists from Stony Brook University said. The bloom of blue-green algae gives off potentially toxic cynobacteria.

Blooms of blue-green algae have appeared in many local freshwater ponds in recent years, spurring warnings to avoid contact with the bright green tinted water and to keep pets away from surface waters of ponds where blooms are occurring entirely. Ingesting water with cynobacteria can make a human sick and be fatal to smaller animals. In 2012 a dog died after drinking water from Georgica Pond when a blue-green algae bloom was occurring.

Dr. Christopher Gobler, who conducted the water testing in Wainscott Pond this week said that while the bloom is the first this year, it is surely not to be the last.

It’s the earliest the blooms have ever been identified in Wainscott Pond.

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Oh good. I was worried that we were actually doing something to combat this. And it seems to have come early this year. Even better.
By johnj (693), Westhampton on Jun 7, 16 4:25 PM
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By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 7, 16 4:57 PM
Naturally, algae is a part of a balanced lake or pond's ecosystem because they are the base food chain in a pond or lake. However, the blue-green type of algae is not good for the bodies of water, it can cause unsightly scum on the surface. If dogs and animals swim in a pond with blue-green algae, once they get out of the water, they are prone to grooming themselves which results to the algae being ingested. Excessive toxic algae growth may lead to skin irritation, illness or even death to animals. ...more
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