Bacteria Water

The East Hampton Star

Concerned citizens of Montauk warned on Tuesday that people should avoid Fort Pond in Montauk this week.

The group reported on Tuesday that testing at Fort Pond revealed extremely high levels for the enterococcus bacterium. C.C.O.M. said that the bacteria found in intestines, especially those of humans and other animals, are often used to indicate water contamination. said.

The group tests for enterococcus in Montauk and Amagansett with the Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter, as well as the Peconic baykeeper. Enterococcus levels above 104 CFU in marine waters and 61CFU in freshwater bodies are considered unsafe by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The level was 441 at the boat ramp located on the southeast of Fort Pond.

There was also a drop in the dissolved oxygen level at Fort Pond on Monday night. This could indicate pollution or an algal bloom that may be harmful. C.C.O.M. C.C.O.M. continues to work with Stonybrook University’s Gobler Laboratory in monitoring for blue-green algal blooms, or cyanobacteria.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk also reported that the bacteria levels had decreased slightly compared to last week’s test results. The overall levels remain high, however, due to the rain that fell on June 30th and July 1st as well as the hot temperatures.

Eight locations were tested between East Hampton, Montauk and East Hampton. The results showed high levels of enterococcus. The eight locations tested between East Hampton and Montauk had high levels of enterococcus bacteria. A sample taken at Shipyard Lane, Accabonac Harbour, in Springs had a water level of 164. In East Hampton, a culvert on Northwest Creek at a culvert level of 168.

Each of the water bodies listed above that have high levels of bacteria poses health risks, increasing the risk of infection and gastrointestinal illnesses. Concerned Citizens of Montauk warns people against direct contact with water and recommends that they avoid drinking water that is contaminated.