Responding to local rumors, several members of The Committee To Drain Lake Ronkonkoma conducted surveillance of the lake over the course of several days. Sure enough, individuals were observed approaching the lake from different points, and then dumping bundles of disposable plastic bags into the lake.
One gentleman was approached by a Committee member and, once he realized he was not dealing with the police, was very forthcoming about what he was doing and why he was doing it. The dumping was a protest against the new law: “I’m all for clean waterways, but you don’t do it by being a bunch of Nazis,” said the gentleman, moved to the point of tears. “I’m not alone. We’ll clog this whole damned lake until they kill the law. President Trump should intervene.”