Don’t hold your breath, our water quality program expands westward!  We are excited to announce our new water testing program based out of the Southampton campus of Stonybrook University is fully up and running, allowing our Blue Water Task Force to sample beaches, ponds, and bays in Sag Harbor, Southampton, North Sea & Hampton Bays.

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Smiling for our new partnership with the Peconic Baykeeper!

Dr. Chris Gobler, has graciously allowed us to process our water samples out of his lab at the Stonybrook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS).  Dr. Gobler has performed extensive research on water quality, harmful algae blooms, and their causes and impacts here on Long Island and we’re excited at this opportunity to share lab space with him.

We’ve also patterned up with the Peconic Baykeeper,  who will be assisting us in collecting samples and sharing water quality information with the public.   Dedicated to the protection and improvement of the aquatic ecosystems of the Peconic and South Shore estuaries of Long Island, the Peconic Baykeeper is a natural fit for our Blue Water Task Force water testing program.

In the new lab at Stony Brook Southampton.

In the new lab at Stony Brook Southampton.

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Colleen and Diana in the lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new volunteers are fully trained to collect and process samples in the lab. Thanks to these committed volunteers, we have extended our sampling area to initially include 7 new locations between Bridgehampton and Westhampton.

For water quality results from our new Southampton sites, visit: www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/49  or click on the map below.

Blue Water Task Force Southampton

Please help us spread the word by sharing recent water quality information with your friends, family, and on social media (facebook page)! If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering with Eastern Long Island’s Blue Water Task Force, please email Mara Dias (mdias@surfrider.org) with your availability and interest.

Long live Long Island’s water quality!