East Patchogue pond turns from picturesque to murky

East Patchogue residents are trying to figure out why one of the village?s most picturesque ponds now has murky waters.

Residents say the state of Robinson Pond is absolutely disgusting. The pond once had crystal clear waters, but now has a murky green color due to algae. Linda Lucas has lived in East Patchogue for nearly 35 years and says she has never seen the water look so bad.

Algae expert Kevin McAllister says nearby lawns have very dark green coloring, which clearly shows there is a lot of fertilization. McAllister says modern fertilizers work quickly using nitrogen, which can get into ground water and cause algae.

Experts say underground septic tanks also emit nitrogen and are contributing to the problem. Scientists say stopping the algae would require residents to switch to organic fertilizers and possibly update septic systems.

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