Stony Brook University professor Christopher Gobler is a marine biologist in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.He has previously published studies on the negative effects of high acidity and low oxygen on clams, scallops, oysters, mussels and small schooling fish.His finding, along with measurements from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation of toxins in shellfish in the bay, have caused the recent closure of shellfishing in the bay for the fourth time in seven years.He grew up enjoying swimming on Long Island's ocean beaches, fishing on the East End, and sailing on the Long Island Sound.On Friday Dr. Gobler received an Environmental Champion award, which recognizes individuals dedicated to protecting public health and the environment in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.He also helped to develop the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan and is working with Suffolk County to address how septic systems and cesspools are contributing to the area's nitrogen pollution problem.
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The Accabonac Protection Committee will host its next online forum, featuring Christopher Gobler, an expert in water contaminants, and Alison Branco, who specializes in sea level rise, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Dr. Gobler will discuss how nutrients like nitrogen, as well as abundant contaminants, “are entering both our underwater aquifer system, from which our drinking water is drawn, as well as our surface water bodies, including Accabonac Harbor,” according to the committee.
On Friday, May 22, a real-time water quality buoy was installed at the northern end of Lake Agawam Park in Southampton Village by the Lake Agawam Conservancy. "Lake Agawam is one of the most polluted lakes in our State," said Dr. Christopher Gobler, the Conservancy's Science Advisor. The DEC, Southampton Village and Town officials, and the Governor have been working on a comprehensive plan to remediate Lake Agawam. The public can now monitor daily changes in the health of Lake Agawam.