For years, the water in Lake Agawam has been extremely polluted. In recent years, the levels of blue- green algae registered 75,000 mcg/liter, levels high enough to attract the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is committing considerable resources in an effort to mitigate this problem [“Governor Cuomo And DEC Launch Blue-Green Algae Removal Pilot Program In Southampton Village,” 27east.com, October 3].
This September, the levels of blue-green algae in Little Fresh Pond were the highest ever measured in Suffolk County and almost three times that of Lake Agawam, making it too dangerous for people and pets to swim, fish or boat safely in the lake.
Little Fresh Pond is endangered, and yet the Planning Board is poised to approve overdevelopment in the form of Southampton Country Day Camp on the north end of Little Fresh Pond. The owner of the camp has admitted to plans to grow the camp to over 400 day-campers and 100 counselors, many of whom will be housed on the premises for the summer. Once the approvals are finalized, there will be no restrictions on how much the camp can actually expand.
This situation merits further environmental review before more development so close to the pond should be allowed to go forward.
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