Skip to main content

Water Report: High Bacteria at Fort Pond

Fri, 07/05/2024 - 15:40

Concerned Citizens of Montauk on Tuesday warned people to avoid recreational activity in Montauk's Fort Pond this week. 

In its weekly water quality report on Tuesday, the group said testing at Fort Pond showed extremely high levels of the enterococcus bacteria there. The bacteria, typically found in the intestines of humans and animals "are often used as indicators of water contamination, particularly by fecal matter," C.C.O.M. said. 

The group conducts testing for enterococcus at spots in Montauk, Amagansett, East Hampton, and Springs with the Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter and the Peconic Baykeeper. The federal Environmental Protection Agency considers recreational waters unsafe if the enterococcus bacteria levels exceed 104 CFU for marine water bodies and 61 CFU for freshwater bodies. The level at a boat ramp on the southeast side of the Fort Pond was 441. 

Additionally, there was a decline in Fort Pond's dissolved oxygen levels on Monday night, which may indicate pollution or a potential harmful algal bloom. C.C.O.M. continues to partner with Stony Brook University's Gobler Laboratory to monitor for blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, blooms. 

Elsewhere, Concerned Citizens of Montauk reported that bacteria levels were down slightly from last week’s testing results. However, the overall levels are still high due to the rainfall that occurred on June 30 and July 1, as well as the elevated air temperatures. 

In all, eight testing locations between East Hampton and Montauk registered high levels of enterococcus bacteria. In Montauk, these include East Creek at Lake Montauk, where the level was 4,884; the Benson Drive culvert at Lake Montauk, where it was 5,475; the outfall pipe at Surfside Place (110), West Creek at Lake Montauk (187), the Industrial Road side of Fort Pond (145), and the Surfside Place outfall pipe (110). In Springs, a sample at the boat ramp at Shipyard Lane on Accabonac Harbor had a level of 164, and in East Hampton, the level was 168 at a culvert at Northwest Creek. 

Any of the aforementioned water bodies that registered as high bacteria each pose health risks that increase the possibility of gastrointestinal illness and other infections. Concerned Citizens of Montauk advises against activities that involve direct water contact and says people should avoid consumption of water that has registered at these unsafe levels. 

 

Villages

Speaker Disinvited From Israel Rally Over L.G.B.T.Q.+ Comments

At the rally for Israel in Herrick Park on Sunday, a source of controversy was not counterprotesters, who never showed up, but the cancellation of a speaker, Judith Kasen-Windsor, a well-known activist for L.G.B.T.Q.+ issues.

Jul 11, 2024

At East Hampton Rally for Israel, All as One for a Cause

“I’m a Jew. It’s really that simple,” said one woman, when asked why she had joined in a Stand With Israel rally that drew hundreds, including Representative Nick LaLota, to East Hampton over on Sunday.

Jul 11, 2024

Fireworks Over Three Mile Harbor

The annual fireworks display over Three Mile Harbor — a tradition for decades that in more recent years has been overseen by the Clamshell Foundation — is set for this weekend: Saturday if it’s clear, Sunday in case of rain.

Jul 11, 2024

Your support for The East Hampton Star helps us deliver the news, arts, and community information you need. Whether you are an online subscriber, get the paper in the mail, delivered to your door in Manhattan, or are just passing through, every reader counts. We value you for being part of The Star family.

Your subscription to The Star does more than get you great arts, news, sports, and outdoors stories. It makes everything we do possible.