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Study: Suffolk has state’s most blue-green algae in fresh water

A new concern for pet owners on Long Island involves a dangerous algae bloom lurking in some waters.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2019, 11:13 AM

Updated 1,759 days ago

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A potentially dangerous algae has been detected in Long Island waters.
Dr. Christopher Gobler, a professor at Stony Brook University says Suffolk consistently tops the state's list of the most cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, in its fresh bodies of water.
Dr. Golber joined News 12's Danielle Campbell at Agawam Park in the village of Southampton where the lake there resembled pea soup.
According to Dr. Gobler, the algae is created by warmer water temperatures and the presence of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water.
He says the algae blooms "can make toxins that are a human health threat. It can also be harmful to animals, specifically pets."
Earlier this month, three dogs in North Carolina died just hours apart after playing in a pond tainted with the toxic bacteria.
News 12 is told there were 10 dogs across the country this month that have died from the blue-green algae.
Several state and county officials have been searching for ways to help solve the water quality issue.
Suffolk County and New York state have secured grant money for residents who install nitrogen-reducing septic tanks in Southampton Village. Newly elected Mayor Jesse Warren has put together a task force to deal with Agawam Lake.

Officials warn people should not touch any discolored green water and wash their hands and pets after any exposure.
Read more about harmful algae blooms that can be dangerous to people and animals here


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