Tag: Prof. Christopher Gobler

Save The Great South Bay Tours Bellport Inlet (The Breach) with The New York Times — The Overwhelming Consensus: Leave It Alone

The breach, now known as Bellport Inlet, is now broadly accepted as being a boon to The Great South Bay. No longer are there calls for its closure. It has revitalized Bellport Bay, and showed us what we lost and could yet get back

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Long Island’s Ground Water Pollution Problem — How Nitrogenous Waste From Septic Tanks, Fertilizers, and Poorly Treated Water Is Sparking Potent Algae Blooms in Our Bays And Choking Off Life

A global expert on algal blooms and nitrogenous waste, Prof. Gobler has been tireless in getting his message out to all Long Islanders and to the country -- we have a very serious problem with polluted ground water, and it is triggering algal blooms -- brown tide, rust tide, red tide, blue-green algae -- and wiping out marine and fresh water habitats. As a part of The Long Island Clean Water Partnership (please sign up and help out!), a group of some 125+ organizations seeking to build a sustainable Long Island, SCERP (The Stony Brook Coastal and Estuarine Research Project) is contributing some of the basic scientific research that is helping us to identify our water problems and to develop the solutions.

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SCERP: Nitrogenous Waste From Groundwater Polluted By Septic Tank Seepage and Lawn Fertilizer Creating Seasonal Dead Zones in Waters All Around Long Island, Especially The Long Island Sound

Anything in red, orange or yellow on this map is a dead zone

We frankly have no choice but to address this issue, if not for our waters, for our drinking water. We are living right on top of it. The same thing that is polluting and killing our bays -- the waste water, the pesticides ( 117 of them ), the pharmaceuticals we throw out bu tend up in our ground water, the toxic plumes from Superfund clean up sites, and from household hazardous waste like cleaners, paints, and heavy metals -- is also threatening our drinking water as the polluted water above seeps down into our aquifers and literally poisons our wells.

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September 18 2013 – One month after it began in the far western extreme of the Peconic Estuary, the 2013 Rust Tide has spread clear across the entire Peconic Estuary to Gardiners Bay. On August 17th, the Rust Tide emerged in Meetinghouse Creek and western Flanders Bay. Over the next four weeks, it spread through Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Noyak Bay, and Gardiners Bay where is has been spotted during the last week. Bays and harbors with confirmed Rust Tide during this period include, but are certainly not limited to, Reeves Bay, East Creek, North Sea Harbor, Fish Cove, Sag Harbor, Coecles Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, and Northwest Creek.

The rust tide alga, Cochlodinium, has been notorious on Long Island since it first appeared in a decade ago having been responsible for the deaths of both finfish and shellfish. Last fall, bay scallop densities in the Peconic Estuary declined by ten-fold in some regions during the Rust Tide, causing great disappointment among baymen and lovers of this delicacy. Last month, SCERP reported on the role of nitrogen in promoting these events. In the future, we will describe the role of cysts or seeds in the recurrence of these Tides.

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