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.