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Southampton Town sets aside $10,000 to help fight pollution

The collection of algae, which gets its name

The collection of algae, which gets its name from the brown and orange hue that upon its arrival, replaces the clear blue tint on the water's surface, has been detected in the west end of the Peconic Estuary and Shinnecock and Flanders bays (above), said Christopher Gobler, a professor at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. (Aug. 14, 2013) (Credit: Doug Kuntz )

Southampton Town has become the latest East End government to join an effort to fight pollution in the Peconic Estuary system.

Southampton last week allocated $10,000 to join the Peconic Estuary Protection Committee. Brookhaven, Southold, Shelter Island and East Hampton towns have passed similar resolutions. Riverhead Town and several villages on the banks of the Peconic Estuary, as well as Suffolk County, are being asked to enter into the intermunicipal agreement.

Funded by yearly contributions from municipalities, the group aims to fund water quality research in the Peconic Estuary, restore surrounding tidal wetland, and control and reduce pollution in the area.

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Local governments and environmentalists have recently been emphasizing nitrogen that seeps out of aging septic systems in the area.

The Southampton money comes from a stormwater management plan.

Tags: Southampton , funds , Peconic , Estuary , towns

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