Dr. Christopher Gobler, a professor at the SUNY School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook, reported on the results of his work assessing the water quality in marine waters surrounding Sag Harbor Village from 2018-2019 on February 6, 2020. "A two-year study of water quality in Sag Harbor found that it is good overall but that nitrogen loading, mostly from conventional cesspools and septic tanks leaching untreated waste into groundwater, is promoting algae growth including a rust tide in the summer. The study also found fecal bacteria - some of it from human waste, possibly including boaters illegally releasing effluent - is an issue in some locations." Read more HERE in the Sag Harbor Express.
The Sag Harbor Partnership supports this important work through a Grant to Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Many thanks to Mary Ann Eddy, chair of the Harbor Committee for her work coordinating the study. .