A homemade — well, lab-made, locally — buoy was launched into Lake Agawam in Southampton Village on May 22. The device, crafted by student technicians Andrew Lumdstrom and Craig Schenone, with engineer and phD student Ryan Wallace at the Gobler Lab at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, was designed to monitor the lake’s water quality on a real-time basis. It will check for levels of blue-green algae, other algae, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH and nitrate.

The buoy features solar panels and electronics within a waterproof enclosure. It’s both waterproof and watertight.

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