Pricey Potential Fix For Mill Pond

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The Southampton Town Trustees and residents of Water Mill made a pitch to the Southampton Town Board this week for their plans to use a chemical compound to try to combat pollution in Mill Pond.

Consultants have said that adding a new compound chemical, called Phoslock, which has never been used in the U.S. before, to the lake will help tamp down levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in the pond’s water column, hopefully starving destructive algae blooms.

Phosphorus and nitrogen feed the algae blooms, which have been blamed for a massive fish kill in the pond in September 2008.

Residents also told the board that there needs to be an aggressive campaign to reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in the pond. “The inputs need to be limited,” said Steve Abramson.

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