On Georgica Pond – The Nature Conservancy Video

From the “Our Island, Our Water, Our Future” short film series with The Nature Conservancy, we bring you a segment that hits home for those of us with 4 legged furry friends. Toxic blue-green algae threatens many bodies of water on Long Island, Georgica Pond being one of them.

Plea to Open Georgica Pond to Ocean

Conditions in Georgica Pond are ripe for yet another harmful algal bloom, the East Hampton Town Trustees were told on Monday, and they should consider an emergency opening of the pond to the Atlantic Ocean, which would mitigate the situation. Click to Read More

Water Body Remediation Invitational Summit

The Chapman Perelman Foundation

Water Body Remediation Invitational Summit

March 9th and 10th – East Hampton NY

 

On March 9th and 10th  2017, the Chapman Perelman Foundation hosted a Water Body Remediation summit in East Hampton, NY. This unique, invitational event convened an interdisciplinary group of worldwide experts to discuss  next-generation, systems-based approaches to water body remediation – including leading researchers and practitioners from the fields of environmental engineering, marine biology, landscape architecture, environmental chemistry, ecological restoration and regenerative design.

 

The summit brought together distinguished experts and guests from a wide array of institutions, including:

 

  • Chesapeake Bay Program Office
  • Biohabitats, Inc.
  • Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont
  • CTO Water Council
  • School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University
  • AECOM
  • Hazen and Sawyer
  • Kartik Chandran Laboratory at Columbia University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sandia Laboratories
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Natural Systems International
  • University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Clean Earth Inc.
  • The Gund Institute for Ecological Economies
  • The Town of East Hampton
  • Suffolk County
  • The East Hampton Town Trustees
  • Peconic Land Trust
  • Perfect Earth Project
  • The Center for Clean Water Technology
  • Concerned Citizens of Montauk
  • The Surfrider Foundation
  • The Rauch Foundation
  • DefendH2O
  • Fresh Pond, North Haven, NY
  • Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Group for the East End
  • Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone kicked off the summit with a welcome and recap of his groundbreaking “Reclaim our Water” campaign.

 

The emerging action plan for remediating Georgica Pond was presented as a case study to ignite a broader discussion on holistic approaches to water body remediation. This fruitful discussion around potential solutions led to the presentation of a number of creative and interesting ideas for considerations, including cluster systems, permeable reactive barriers, wetland creation, algal harvesting and lake restoration, small diameter sewers, dredging, groundwater treatment, upgrading septic systems, buffer enhancement – and more.

 

The goal of this summit was to provide stakeholders with knowledge regarding all relevant interventions for the remediation of, and to use any outcomes from this convening as a model for remediation efforts across the greater Long Island region.

 

For further information visit:  https://you.stonybrook.edu/georgicapond/the-team/

Where the Land Meets the Water

If you are fortunate enough to live next to one of the East End’s stunning ponds, bays, or harbors, you can help improve our water quality by creating a vegetated buffer between your lawn and the water’s edge. This holds true for both freshwater ponds and coastal areas.

Although antiquated septic systems are the largest source of nitrogen entering the groundwater, and ultimately our water bodies, excessive use of fertilizer (N-P-K) on lawns … Read more here.

 

Protecting Our Water Starts In Your Backyard

Toxic, synthetic lawn and landscape chemicals pollute our local waterways, endanger wildlife, and are linked to a range of serious health problems in humans and pets. It is a persistent myth that they are essential to a “perfect” lawn and landscape. In this informative lecture, landscape designer and Perfect Earth Project Founder/President Edwina von Gal will explain why and how to manage your beautiful lawn and garden without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and what the Perfect Earth Project is doing to make communities everywhere safe and PRFCT (managed without toxic chemicals).

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017  6 pm

 

Edwina von Gal
Hosted by Sara Davison
Co-spons0red by The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation

 

Read more here.

 

Wainscott

Sara Davison awarded for watershed efforts.

CLICK TO READ

Citizen of the Year

The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, Inc. announced today that their Executive Director, Sara Davison received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee (WCAC).  The award was presented at the regular meeting of the WCAC at the Wainscott Chapel.  Davison was cited for her work on the Wainscott Hamlet Study, the Wainscott Business Moratorium and her efforts to protect Georgica Pond.

Photo Caption from left to right:  WCAC co-chair Barry Frankel, Simon Kinsella, Sara Davison, Rick Del Mastro, East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and WCAC co-chair Jose Arandia.

Photo by Bruce Solomon.

WCAC Award 2017

Sea level rise & coastal erosion

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Sustainable Practices for East End Watersheds: A Free Workshop for Local Homeowners

Learn how you can design and maintain your home and beautiful garden to have a minimal impact on our local ponds, waterways, and bays. Get the latest information on toxin-free landscaping, nitrogen-reducing septic technology, and other steps you can take right now to improve water quality.

CLICK TO READ

Summer 2016 Update at the Creeks

Breakfast Meeting at the Creeks

Many of you were able to attend the informative meeting on August 28 held at the Creeks, home of board member Dr. Anna Chapman and Ronald Perelman. For those of you who were not able to attend, we thought it would be informative to provide a brief synopsis.

Many local elected officials attended including: Suffolk County Legislator, Bridgett Fleming, East Hampton Town Supervisor, Larry Cantwell, East Hampton Village Mayor, Paul Rickenbach, East Hampton Town Trustees, Bill Taylor & Rick Drew.

Also attending were some of our most important NGO partners, the Peconic Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Perfect Earth Project and the Surfrider Foundation. Kim Shaw the Director of the East Hampton Town Natural Resource Department and Becky Molinaro, the East Hampton Village Administrator were also present.

CLICK TO READ

Tainted Water

Jack Russell Terriers are not water dogs. “She just happened to go down to the pond,” says Annie Gilchrist Hall, “because we had two of our kids here sailing.” Annie and John Hall’s pet was familiar with Georgica Pond, East Hampton’s serene, 290-acre body of water — a stunning backdrop to some of the most desirable real estate on the planet. The Halls live on the pond.

Click Read More

Group partners with town to clean up East Hampton pond

Click to Read More…

‘Lawn Mower on the Water’ Cuts Through Algae

The Georgica Pond Project

An investigation led by the Gobler Laboratory of Stony Brook University. To read the most up to date information and real-time water quality  please visit Dr. Gobler’s blog here.

June 2016 Newsletter

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Gardening Guidelines for Pond Neighbors
At FOGP, we’re all avid gardeners and there is no better month to experience the joys of your garden than June. But anyone who lives in the watershed of Georgica Pond needs to be mindful that overuse of fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and irrigation is harmful to the pond.
According to Dr. Gobler’s models between 1-22% of the nitrogen entering the pond is coming from landscaping and farming. The good news is that having a beautiful garden and maintaining the water quality of the pond are not incompatible. Here are some tips to follow:

 

CLICK TO READ

On Georgica Pond

The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation would like to clarify and respond to concerns that were raised in the article “Trustees Fret About Blue Crabs.” The aquatic weed harvester that is now on Georgica Pond is designed to and will remove floating macroalgae from the surface of the pond. While the harvester will collect some algae growing below the surface, it will not touch the bottom of the pond. Therefore, it is not expected to disturb blue crabs and other marine life. Click to Read more

 

Trustees Fret About Blue Crabs

An aquatic weed harvester that is to begin removing macroalgae from Georgica Pond this month is of concern to the East Hampton Town Trustees, who own and oversee many of the town’s waterways and bottomlands on behalf of the public

Click to Read More

Crowding on Land Is Harming Our Waterways

Although the quality of waterways overseen by the East Hampton Town Trustees is generally excellent, according to a presentation at Town Hall on Monday, the negative effects of housing density and inadequate septic systems are evident.

Click to Read More

Georgica Pond, spring update

As the mild winter has transitioned to a cool spring, and summer approaches, Georgica Pond is springing to life, good and bad.  To recap, in 2015, the ocean inlet or cut remained open for the longest period in recent record, from January through late June, and the water quality remained good through most of that period although the macroalgae or seaweed or had begun to grow and expand across the Pond through June.

CLICK TO READ

Spring 2016 Newsletter

64f86714-10e6-4a27-a5fc-7c11c4c9c66eGet Ready for the SS Georgica!
The big orange boat (aka aquatic weed harvester) is coming to Georgica Pond this spring.

Macroalgae What is it?
Macroalgae is a general term for algae that grow in fresh and salt water. At Georgica Pond the dominant species is a filamentous algae calledCladorphora vagabunda.

CLICK TO READ

Promising Initiatives

Important, too, is renewed interest among officials and a new citizens group in restoring Georgica Pond. Georgica, which once supported a modest, if viable, commercial fishery for white perch and blue-claw crabs, has been the site of repeated closures for bacterial contamination and is perhaps the body of water most in need of immediate attention. Click Read More

Georgica Pond Is in Trouble, Supervisor Says

Georgica Pond will only be brought back to health through new approaches to waste management, landscaping practices, and road runoff. Click to read

Do What Is Needed

You can read our first letter to the East Hampton Star entitled “Do What is Needed” Click to read

Water Quality, Carefully

What is clear is that environmental organizations and truly independent experts must be brought in before big money is committed Click to read

Georgica Pond Residents Fund Research

Algal blooms’ causes and solutions sought Click to read

Long Island Sees a Crisis as It Floats to the Surface

The dead turtles, about 100 of them, started washing ashore near here in late April. Click to Read

The end of blue-green algae in Georgica Pond for 2015

What began as a mild green discoloration in early August and intensified to the largest blue-green algae bloom ever recorded in Georgica Pond by early September has finally come to an end. In between, the bloom was accompanied by no oxygen conditions, fish and eel kills, and discontent among Pond residents.

CLICK TO READ

New news on the blue-green algae

As the summer winds on, the blue-green algae bloom in Georgica Pond has expanded and intensified.   Remember, blue-green algae are of serious concern as they synthesize toxins that can sicken humans and can be lethal to pets and other animals.  Here is the latest information regarding the blue-green algae bloom in Georgica Pond.

CLICK TO READ

Blue-green algae bloom emerges in Georgica Pond; mitigation strategy identified

A dense bloom of blue green algae has developed in Georgica Pond during the past week, marking the second consecutive year of such an event.  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has set a threshold level 25 micrograms of blue-green algae per liter of water as the concentration above which a public notice is provided to warn citizens against exposure to blue-green algae some of which can produce toxins that can poison animals, particularly small dogs, that may consume the water.  Levels in Georgica Pond exceeded 100 micrograms of blue-green algae per liter per liter late last week.

CLICK TO READ

Georgica Pond Project presentation

For those of you who missed yesterday’s seminar or would like to review the presentation, it is posted here for your perusal.

Georgica public seminar, 8.1.2015

It was one year ago today…

One year ago, Georgica Pond was closed to bathing and shellfishing, a closure that persisted for more than three months. The reason for this closure: Toxic blue-green algae. Also known as cyanobacteria, these microbes synthesize potent neurotoxins and gastrointestinal toxins that were responsible for dog and other animal deaths on Georgica Pond in recent years.

CLICK TO READ

Blue-green algae emerging across Long Island, even in Wainscott, but not in Georgica Pond

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) keeps careful tabs on blue-green algae (BGA) across the state and the Gobler lab has been designated as its downstate facility for monitoring BGA and thus receives samples from dozens of locations through the year and more than a dozen sites weekly. As a reminder, BGA are a serious concern as they can synthesize toxins that can poison animals or humans.

CLICK TO READ

The shape-shifting, migrating algae

Large, unsightly manifestations of algae have been prevalent across the surface of the Georgica Pond during the past week. The algae seemed to intensify as the temperatures have warmed. This year, there have been reports of algae in Georgica Pond that are green, yellow, brown, at the surface in front of their home one day but gone the next and then reappearing once again. What are these algae and how are they moving? Last year the algae was identified via DNA testing as Cladaphora vagabunda, a globally distributed algae known for its ability to form dense ‘bloom’ in regions over-enriched in nutrients.

CLICK TO READ

Three hopeful signs

As the data continues to come in, there are three observations this week that are hopeful.

CLICK TO READ

Aid from the ocean

Until two weeks ago Georgica Pond was open and exchanging with the Atlantic Ocean bringing in high salinity water.  While this salty water has not deterred the macroalgae that are presently overgrowing parts of Georgica Pond, it may discourage the other, more dangerous type of algae in the Pond, blue-green algae.  Blue-green algae are microscopic, but more dangerous than macroalgae as they synthesize biotoxins that can poison animals including pets and even humans.

CLICK TO READ

The macroalgae

Macroalgae. Seaweeds. The visible overgrowth of fleshy plants in aquatic environments. Macroalgae are an important component of any aquatic ecosystem serving as an important food sources and habitat for many animals. Their overgrowth, however, is problematic.

CLICK TO READ

A year like none other?

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As our research continues, we are beginning to recognize we may be entering some uncharted territory for Georgica Pond, as least in recent memory. Specifically, while the inlet or cut in Georgica Pond has been traditionally opened to the ocean twice annually, in the spring and fall and closing shortly thereafter, this year it has been more or less open all year. Specifically, the Trustees opened the cut in January and it remains open today.

CLICK TO READ

The Georgica Pond Project is in high gear

The Georgica Pond Project is in high gear and in fact has been for five months. With the first indications that The Georgica Pond Project would be a reality, the Gobler Lab commenced its activities to address the major research questions of this project. Some important progress to date is as follows:

CLICK TO READ

On Georgica Pond – The Nature Conservancy Video

From the “Our Island, Our Water, Our Future” short film series with The Nature Conservancy, we bring you a segment that hits home for those of us with 4 legged furry friends. Toxic blue-green algae threatens many bodies of water on Long Island, Georgica Pond being one of them.

Sustainable Practices for East End Watersheds: A Free Workshop for Local Homeowners

Learn how you can design and maintain your home and beautiful garden to have a minimal impact on our local ponds, waterways, and bays. Get the latest information on toxin-free landscaping, nitrogen-reducing septic technology, and other steps you can take right now to improve water quality.

CLICK TO READ

Tainted Water

Jack Russell Terriers are not water dogs. “She just happened to go down to the pond,” says Annie Gilchrist Hall, “because we had two of our kids here sailing.” Annie and John Hall’s pet was familiar with Georgica Pond, East Hampton’s serene, 290-acre body of water — a stunning backdrop to some of the most desirable real estate on the planet. The Halls live on the pond.

Click Read More

Group partners with town to clean up East Hampton pond

Click to Read More…

‘Lawn Mower on the Water’ Cuts Through Algae

On Georgica Pond

The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation would like to clarify and respond to concerns that were raised in the article “Trustees Fret About Blue Crabs.” The aquatic weed harvester that is now on Georgica Pond is designed to and will remove floating macroalgae from the surface of the pond. While the harvester will collect some algae growing below the surface, it will not touch the bottom of the pond. Therefore, it is not expected to disturb blue crabs and other marine life. Click to Read more

 

Trustees Fret About Blue Crabs

An aquatic weed harvester that is to begin removing macroalgae from Georgica Pond this month is of concern to the East Hampton Town Trustees, who own and oversee many of the town’s waterways and bottomlands on behalf of the public

Click to Read More

Crowding on Land Is Harming Our Waterways

Although the quality of waterways overseen by the East Hampton Town Trustees is generally excellent, according to a presentation at Town Hall on Monday, the negative effects of housing density and inadequate septic systems are evident.

Click to Read More

Promising Initiatives

Important, too, is renewed interest among officials and a new citizens group in restoring Georgica Pond. Georgica, which once supported a modest, if viable, commercial fishery for white perch and blue-claw crabs, has been the site of repeated closures for bacterial contamination and is perhaps the body of water most in need of immediate attention. Click Read More

Georgica Pond Is in Trouble, Supervisor Says

Georgica Pond will only be brought back to health through new approaches to waste management, landscaping practices, and road runoff. Click to read

Do What Is Needed

You can read our first letter to the East Hampton Star entitled “Do What is Needed” Click to read

Water Quality, Carefully

What is clear is that environmental organizations and truly independent experts must be brought in before big money is committed Click to read

Georgica Pond Residents Fund Research

Algal blooms’ causes and solutions sought Click to read

Long Island Sees a Crisis as It Floats to the Surface

The dead turtles, about 100 of them, started washing ashore near here in late April. Click to Read

Summer 2016 Update at the Creeks

Breakfast Meeting at the Creeks

Many of you were able to attend the informative meeting on August 28 held at the Creeks, home of board member Dr. Anna Chapman and Ronald Perelman. For those of you who were not able to attend, we thought it would be informative to provide a brief synopsis.

Many local elected officials attended including: Suffolk County Legislator, Bridgett Fleming, East Hampton Town Supervisor, Larry Cantwell, East Hampton Village Mayor, Paul Rickenbach, East Hampton Town Trustees, Bill Taylor & Rick Drew.

Also attending were some of our most important NGO partners, the Peconic Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Perfect Earth Project and the Surfrider Foundation. Kim Shaw the Director of the East Hampton Town Natural Resource Department and Becky Molinaro, the East Hampton Village Administrator were also present.

CLICK TO READ

June 2016 Newsletter

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Gardening Guidelines for Pond Neighbors
At FOGP, we’re all avid gardeners and there is no better month to experience the joys of your garden than June. But anyone who lives in the watershed of Georgica Pond needs to be mindful that overuse of fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and irrigation is harmful to the pond.
According to Dr. Gobler’s models between 1-22% of the nitrogen entering the pond is coming from landscaping and farming. The good news is that having a beautiful garden and maintaining the water quality of the pond are not incompatible. Here are some tips to follow:

 

CLICK TO READ

Spring 2016 Newsletter

64f86714-10e6-4a27-a5fc-7c11c4c9c66eGet Ready for the SS Georgica!
The big orange boat (aka aquatic weed harvester) is coming to Georgica Pond this spring.

Macroalgae What is it?
Macroalgae is a general term for algae that grow in fresh and salt water. At Georgica Pond the dominant species is a filamentous algae calledCladorphora vagabunda.

CLICK TO READ

The Georgica Pond Project

An investigation led by the Gobler Laboratory of Stony Brook University. To read the most up to date information and real-time water quality  please visit Dr. Gobler’s blog here.

Georgica Pond, spring update

As the mild winter has transitioned to a cool spring, and summer approaches, Georgica Pond is springing to life, good and bad.  To recap, in 2015, the ocean inlet or cut remained open for the longest period in recent record, from January through late June, and the water quality remained good through most of that period although the macroalgae or seaweed or had begun to grow and expand across the Pond through June.

CLICK TO READ

The end of blue-green algae in Georgica Pond for 2015

What began as a mild green discoloration in early August and intensified to the largest blue-green algae bloom ever recorded in Georgica Pond by early September has finally come to an end. In between, the bloom was accompanied by no oxygen conditions, fish and eel kills, and discontent among Pond residents.

CLICK TO READ

New news on the blue-green algae

As the summer winds on, the blue-green algae bloom in Georgica Pond has expanded and intensified.   Remember, blue-green algae are of serious concern as they synthesize toxins that can sicken humans and can be lethal to pets and other animals.  Here is the latest information regarding the blue-green algae bloom in Georgica Pond.

CLICK TO READ

Blue-green algae bloom emerges in Georgica Pond; mitigation strategy identified

A dense bloom of blue green algae has developed in Georgica Pond during the past week, marking the second consecutive year of such an event.  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has set a threshold level 25 micrograms of blue-green algae per liter of water as the concentration above which a public notice is provided to warn citizens against exposure to blue-green algae some of which can produce toxins that can poison animals, particularly small dogs, that may consume the water.  Levels in Georgica Pond exceeded 100 micrograms of blue-green algae per liter per liter late last week.

CLICK TO READ

Georgica Pond Project presentation

For those of you who missed yesterday’s seminar or would like to review the presentation, it is posted here for your perusal.

Georgica public seminar, 8.1.2015

It was one year ago today…

One year ago, Georgica Pond was closed to bathing and shellfishing, a closure that persisted for more than three months. The reason for this closure: Toxic blue-green algae. Also known as cyanobacteria, these microbes synthesize potent neurotoxins and gastrointestinal toxins that were responsible for dog and other animal deaths on Georgica Pond in recent years.

CLICK TO READ

Blue-green algae emerging across Long Island, even in Wainscott, but not in Georgica Pond

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) keeps careful tabs on blue-green algae (BGA) across the state and the Gobler lab has been designated as its downstate facility for monitoring BGA and thus receives samples from dozens of locations through the year and more than a dozen sites weekly. As a reminder, BGA are a serious concern as they can synthesize toxins that can poison animals or humans.

CLICK TO READ

The shape-shifting, migrating algae

Large, unsightly manifestations of algae have been prevalent across the surface of the Georgica Pond during the past week. The algae seemed to intensify as the temperatures have warmed. This year, there have been reports of algae in Georgica Pond that are green, yellow, brown, at the surface in front of their home one day but gone the next and then reappearing once again. What are these algae and how are they moving? Last year the algae was identified via DNA testing as Cladaphora vagabunda, a globally distributed algae known for its ability to form dense ‘bloom’ in regions over-enriched in nutrients.

CLICK TO READ

Three hopeful signs

As the data continues to come in, there are three observations this week that are hopeful.

CLICK TO READ

Aid from the ocean

Until two weeks ago Georgica Pond was open and exchanging with the Atlantic Ocean bringing in high salinity water.  While this salty water has not deterred the macroalgae that are presently overgrowing parts of Georgica Pond, it may discourage the other, more dangerous type of algae in the Pond, blue-green algae.  Blue-green algae are microscopic, but more dangerous than macroalgae as they synthesize biotoxins that can poison animals including pets and even humans.

CLICK TO READ

The macroalgae

Macroalgae. Seaweeds. The visible overgrowth of fleshy plants in aquatic environments. Macroalgae are an important component of any aquatic ecosystem serving as an important food sources and habitat for many animals. Their overgrowth, however, is problematic.

CLICK TO READ

A year like none other?

June-22-2015-xrszu7-1024x368

As our research continues, we are beginning to recognize we may be entering some uncharted territory for Georgica Pond, as least in recent memory. Specifically, while the inlet or cut in Georgica Pond has been traditionally opened to the ocean twice annually, in the spring and fall and closing shortly thereafter, this year it has been more or less open all year. Specifically, the Trustees opened the cut in January and it remains open today.

CLICK TO READ

The Georgica Pond Project is in high gear

The Georgica Pond Project is in high gear and in fact has been for five months. With the first indications that The Georgica Pond Project would be a reality, the Gobler Lab commenced its activities to address the major research questions of this project. Some important progress to date is as follows:

CLICK TO READ

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