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Sep 6, 2019 11:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Opens Lake Agawam Drain Pipe To Lower Water Levels

A drainage pipe from Agawam Lake has been opened on Gin Beach in Southampton Village in order to lower the lake's water level in advance of rain from Hurricane Dorian.   DANA SHAW
Sep 10, 2019 2:55 PM

Southampton Village officials opened a drain pipe between Lake Agawam and the Atlantic Ocean last week to allow water levels in the lake to drop before anticipated heavy rains from Hurricane Dorian.

In a press release, village officials said the lake was a foot above its ideal depth, and only 2 inches away from flood depth.

To lower water levels in preparation of more rain from Hurricane Dorian — which was working its way up the Eastern Seaboard — the village opened the pipe which drains the water from Lake Agawam into the ocean at Gin Beach on Wednesday, September 4.

“The drain will remain open until the incoming storm surge naturally closes the cut, or the village will manually close the drain on Friday morning,” the press release read. “Signage will be posted along the cut as well as in the parking lot and along the beach.”

On Friday, Village Administrator Russell Kratoville confirmed that the pipe had been closed. He also said the lake dropped 7 inches during the two days the pipe was opened.

The announcement of the opening came roughly a month after residents raised concerns to Village Board members at a regularly scheduled meeting about the water flowing out of the pipe when swimmers are in the ocean. The toxins were of major concern to the residents, as blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, regularly plagues the lake during the summer months.

Blue-green algae is known to be harmful to humans and animals, and each year residents are warned to keep away from the water when the toxic blooms are present.

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Great decision by the village.
By knitter (1906), Southampton on Sep 6, 19 2:57 PM
That Lake water is so disgusting I think they should chlorinate the Lake
By chief1 (2790), southampton on Sep 6, 19 9:17 PM
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It’s whats on the bottom. It needs to be dredged. The people who live on the lake don’t care so they’ll simply continue to contaminate it for a status symbol landscape.
By even flow (992), East Hampton on Sep 9, 19 7:47 AM
Geeze dont be swimming in that spot.
By clamdigger (83), Quogue on Sep 7, 19 3:12 PM
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What rain from Dorian are they referring to? It’s not like we’re in Alabama and should evacuate immediately....
By G (339), Southampton on Sep 7, 19 3:37 PM
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G, guess you should have advised the village that we weren't getting rain that was forecasted?????
By knitter (1906), Southampton on Sep 7, 19 4:07 PM
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When the Village opens the pipe from Agawam and releases toxic water into the Atlantic Ocean, does the DEC issue a permit as required for opening Mecox? Intentionally polluting the ocean is unconscionable
By bigfresh (4594), north sea on Sep 7, 19 8:44 PM
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Have you considered the size of the ocean bigfresh? The bacteria likely cannot stand the salt in the ocean as well.

The incredibly small volume of water discharged in the the ocean will be diluted in a matter of hours. Do the math.


Don't wring your hands at everything.
By Baymen87 (133), Lugoff, SC on Sep 20, 19 8:57 AM
Leave the darned pipe open and get rid of the algae.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Sep 7, 19 10:02 PM
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Disgusting that this nasty water is being drained into the ocean!!
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Sep 9, 19 6:40 AM
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Rough year for the Bathing Corp. They got surfing and highly toxic beach contamination.
By even flow (992), East Hampton on Sep 9, 19 7:45 AM
And ironically they basically fund the Town Trustees by buying all the Agawam parking stickers
By CPalmer (111), Southampton on Sep 11, 19 4:38 PM
Isn’t that Village Parking?
By Draggerman (942), Southampton on Sep 18, 19 12:34 PM
Nope special Agawam-only stickers and the funds go straight to the Trustees.
By CPalmer (111), Southampton on Sep 18, 19 3:04 PM