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Bloomin' Algae

Hoping to put an end to the algae blooms that have plagued Watermill's Mill Pond over the years, Southampton Town Trustees began an experimental treatment earlier this week. On Monday, 160 pounds of a modified mineral called Phoslock was spread in the pond's western corner. The hope is that excess phosphorus in the water will bind to the naturally-occurring mineral and sink to the bottom, depriving algae of its food source. If the outcome of this test proves positive, the rest of the pond could be treated as early as next spring. [27 East]