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Posted on: May 18, 2020
[ARCHIVED] Sag Harbor Water Quality Initiative
Sag Harbor Water Quality Results Are In
Fall of 2016 the Sag Harbor Village Harbor Committee asked Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Studies (“SOMAS”) headed by Dr. Christopher Gobler to do a scientific assessment of the waters of the Village’s bays and coves. Although there had been concern about water quality previously, there had not been rigorous scientific sampling and documentation.
Later that year the Village received a proposal from Dr. Gobler and over the course of 2017 and early 2018 a private public partnership was formed to finance what has become a two year study. The donors to this partnership are listed below.
Sampling began in April 2018 and culminated in September 2019. Dr. Gobler made a presentation to the Mayor, Trustees, the Harbor Committee, donors and the public in February, 2020.
The report attached below summarizes Dr. Gobler’s presentation and shows that the waters of Sag Harbor have two problems: nitrogen pollution (leading to Harmful Algae Blooms (“HABs’)) and fecal coliform bacteria from birds, deer, dogs and other mammals including humans.
Some have asked – “so what? What happens now?” On the nitrogen front, the Village has been the recipient of multiple grants (nearly $1,000,000!) to install rain gardens and other mitigating measures from the CPFs of both East Hampton Town and Southampton Town, the Town of Southampton, the Peconic Estuary Program (with funds from the EPA), and, most recently, a Suffolk County ¼% sales tax WQPRP grant. Installations are being designed and bid currently, but actual construction will only begin once the COVID limitation on construction to essential projects has been lifted.
Looking out to 2020, the SHWQI believes it is important to continue this work with a smaller, more focused format as it is key to further identify the source of human fecal coliform bacteria. Sampling started mid-May and will go into the Fall. Once the source(s) is identified steps can be taken to remediate.
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Sag Harbor Village
East Hampton Town Trustees
Town of Southampton
Southampton Town Trustees
Sag Harbor Partnership
Sag Harbor Yacht Club
Breakwater Yacht Club
Sag Harbor Yacht Yard
First Coastal Construction Corp
Cove East Marina
Sag Harbor Marina LLC
Ditmas Management Corp
Individuals and Foundations
Josh Levine Memorial Fund
Stephenson Pope Babcock Foundation