Friday, August 10, 2012

Four ponds in Cape Cod under algae advisory last week

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"According to the state’s Department of Public Health, nine ponds were under a blue-green algae advisory last week. Communities warned swimmers to stay away and residents to keep their pets out of the water."



Cape Cod's  "bodies of water under advisories last week included... Lovell’s Pond in Barnstable, Moll’s Pond in Eastham, Santuit Pond in Mashpee, and Walker’s Pond in Brewster.  Swimming has been prohibited in... Lovell’s Pond."

"It is up to each community to determine whether to close the pond or lake, said Anne Roach, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health."

"According to the state’s Department of Public Health, nine ponds were under a blue-green algae advisory last week. Communities warned swimmers to stay away and residents to keep their pets out of the water."

Four of the nine ponds were located on Cape Cod.  Perhaps that's because the Cape's sandy soil favors the rapid spread of nutrients from septic systems, via groundwater.  It's a wakeup call for Cape Cod--it's unique coastal plain ponds are under threat.

"Massachusetts has seen a rise in the number of blue-green algae blooms in recent years, said Suzanne Condon, director of the state agency’s Bureau of Environmental Health."

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1 comment:

  1. Nice to see you are still at work to help conserve your lovely park.

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