Cape Cod Times: Toxic algae bloom still present in Santuit Pond in Mashpee

by | Nov 22, 2019 | Press

Photo courtesy of Gerald Beetham/Association to Preserve Cape Cod

A cyanobacteria bloom that has plagued Santuit Pond since early summer continues to pose a health risk to wildlife, pets and humans.

“That it’s happening at all — let alone this late in the year — is a disgrace,” said Andrew Gottlieb, executive director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

Cyanobacteria is a blue-green and often toxic algae that thrives on warm weather, stagnant or slow-moving water and nutrients from septic systems, stormwater and fertilizers.

Association staff observed — both on the ground and from a drone — dense accumulations of cyanobacteria along the shoreline of the pond as recently as Tuesday.

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