Village moving forward with clean lake project
The Clean Lakes in Patchogue initiative includes an upcoming addition to the Patchogue Lake, which helps reduce algae.

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Village moving forward with clean lake project

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
2/28/2019


 

Patchogue Village is on the heels of moving forward with a project to help improve the water quality in Patchogue Lake. The Clean Lakes in Patchogue initiative goes back several years, and the village is days away from purchasing two aerators to place in the water. The Protecting the Environment in Patchogue (PEP) committee runs the initiative. 

The village originally sought a grant through Suffolk County money earmarked for water quality improvements, according to Legis. Rob Calarco. But after some issues, the grant was abandoned and the village will take on the project itself. The Town of Brookhaven will also contribute $22,000, for the installation of two aerators north of Roe Boulevard, which is the town-owned portion of the lake. 

The aerators introduce additional oxygen to the lake and get the water moving, according to village trustee Joseph Keyes. It also reverses some of the harmful algae production that takes place. Keys said it was an important step in protecting a crucial part of the environment.

The machines will be removed during the winter months and stored by the village. The village will do maintenance and an in-house electrician will do preparation. The village has also already received permit approval from the Department of Environmental Conservation, according to village clerk Patti Seal. 

Preparation will be done before the machines are installed, which includes some electrical work like running power underneath the lake. The aerators are expected to be installed during the spring.