Dr. Gobler Highlights Some Success at Georgica Pond

In East Hampton, efforts by the Friends of Georgica Pond to remove dense growths of aquatic vegetation that scientists call macroalgae may be credited with less dense blooms of toxic blue-green algae that has plagued more ponds in Suffolk County in the last decade than any other county in the state.

Dr. Gobler presents to the East Hampton Town Trustees

Georgica had been one of the first hot spots in the region for the pea green blooms, which naturally emit a toxin that can be hazardous to the health of any person or animal that ingests or comes in contact with water contaminated by it—even, as has recently been discovered, breathes in spores of the algae, which can blow as much as a mile from the aquatic blooms.

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