Eastern Long Island Chapter

Reduce Water Quality Impacts on Little Fresh Pond

The goal of this campaign is to reduce the water quality impacts on Little Fresh Pond in North Sea.

Launch Date: December 2017

Status: Ongoing

The Eastern Long Island Chapter’s Blue Water Task Force began sampling Little Fresh Pond in October of 2016, with many of the samples being over the EPA Health Standard for recreational waters.

A day camp is being proposed on a property adjacent to Little Fresh Pond, that would service hundreds of children at one time and counselors living on site. In addition to the high bacteria levels that we have been measuring, Surfrider members are concerned about blue-green algae blooms that have occurred in Little Fresh Pond. Blue-green algae blooms pose a serious health hazard and take away recreational opportunities for paddling, swimming, and fishing. If the proposed camp is approved for construction by the Town of Southampton, we ask that the most up-to-date septic system be required for installation the property to prevent further water quality degradation from pathogens and nitrogen for the campers and the entire community that surrounds Little Fresh Pond.

Recent Blue Water Task Force water quality results at Little Fresh Pond.

Little Fresh Pond, Water Quality Analysis- December 2017

(Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark, Source: Newsday)