*Brown tide emerges in Moriches, Quantuck, and Shinnecock Bay, but not in Great South Bay; Presence of new ocean inlet in Great South Bay may help keep brown tide in check*
The conclusions from SCERP (The Stonybrook Southampton Estuarine Research Program) are clear. We are reaping the harvest of having no sewer system in Suffolk, and 100,000+ septic tanks leeching nitrogen into the groundwater for the past 40 years. All indicator are this is going to get much much worse unless we can figure out how to get all that excess nitrogen out of the aquifer, and out of our rivers, ponds and bays, and replace our septic tanks with an eco friendly solution. We need to think big and be ready to act on those plans, or its game over.
Here's a nice piece on Prof. Christopher Gobler of Stonybrook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). You want to know about toxic algal blooms, what they are doing to the marine plants and animals in our ponds and bays, and what we can do to combat them, he's the expert. His lectures, which we hope to post here as well soon, are very accessible, yet highly sophisticated.
Prof. Christopher Gobler and his team at SCERP (Stony Brook Southampton Coastal Estuary Research Program) have just released some very interesting data on nitrogen …