When it comes to local government officials, there are few who would oppose water quality measures — our harbors, creeks and bays are intrinsically linked to our economy, our recreation and our way of life. Sometimes, it seems, with so many municipalities holding jurisdiction over various linked bodies of water, it takes a tremendous amount of heavy lifting to get what seems like a simple project off the ground.
For some time now, the village’s Harbor Committee has called for water testing in and around Sag Harbor, and now — with the help of Dr. Christopher Gobler from Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences — there is a plan to do just that. Village trustees appear to be on board with funding one of the testing sites. They are looking to trustees in East Hampton and Southampton to pitch in on funding a portion of the research project, which affects waters in their jurisdictions as well. It would be wise for village board members to deputize one of their members, or designate someone from the Harbor Committee, to coordinate this project with the various players. Once a baseline of testing is established, the village may find it is eligible for Community Preservation Funds from either or both towns to help solve any problems that come to light.