Silent Spring Institute Presents “Environmental Health and Prevention Science – A Research Update”

Silent Spring - A Research Update“A study of health effects from exposure to PFAS in drinking water in two communities in Eastern MA—Hyannis and Ayer,” Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist, Environmental Chemistry and Engineering.

Screening chemicals for breast cancer risk: Anew tool for improving chemical safety testing and developing safer products,” Ruthann Rudel, Director of Research, Toxicology and Risk Assessment

What: Environmental Health and Prevention Science – A Research Update
Who: Silent Spring Institute
When: December 11th, 2019 12:00-1:30 PM (lunch will be served)
Where: Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (directions)
Cost: Free

For more information, contact: Cheryl Osimo (508) 246-3047

Cyanobacteria Blooms in Santuit Pond

Santuit Pond

Isn’t this a beautiful drone shot of the fall colors looking down onto Santuit Pond in Masphee? But take a closer look! A cyanobacteria bloom clouds the water and has been making the water murky for several weeks.

Santuit Pond

While cyanobacteria are a part of a pond ecosystem, these thick blooms that can appear as pea soup, snotty scum and look like someone spilled blue-green paint on the surface of the water signify a problem. Certain cyanobacteria always indicate toxic conditions and pose health problems for wildlife, pets and people.

Santuit Pond

Avoid contact and certainly don’t let your dog swim here. If your dog does come in contact with the pond scum, wash thoroughly with clean water and call your vet immediately if your dog experiences vomiting, drooling, or other illness. Town of Mashpee has posted a cyanobacteria advisory.

Santuit Pond

We saw several blooms this past summer because warm temperatures also help stimulate growth. Daily temperatures in October were mostly all above average, so apparently we’re not out of the woods yet and it’s November!

For more information on cyanobacteria monitoring on the Cape, visit

State of the Waters: Cape Cod 2019

APCC’s executive director, Andrew Gottlieb, announces the release of the State of the Waters: Cape Cod 2019 report. Most of the Cape’s embayments and ponds have water quality problems.

APCC Presents “State of the Waters” hosted by the Sturgis Library

Cape Cod is connected by water. The groundwater we depend on for drinking water also fills our nearly 1,000 freshwater ponds, part of an extensive water network, many of these ponds drain to over 40 freshwater rivers and streams that discharge to 53 estuaries along 559 miles of coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay.

So, how healthy are our waters? What do we know about the quality of the Cape’s waters and what don’t we know? With funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod set out to answer these questions by gathering and evaluating existing water quality data and then making this information available to the public. APCC’s executive director, Andrew Gottlieb will share the findings and explain “STATE OF THE WATERS: Cape Cod.”

What: State of the Waters
When: October 22nd, 2019 6:30 PM
Where: Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street, Barnstable Village (directions)
Cost: Free

To register call 508-362-6636, email or register online.

Cape Cod Times: Report: Water quality in most Cape ponds, bays unacceptable

It has been 18 years since Massachusetts took the first steps to evaluate and restore 70 coastal bays and estuaries in the southeastern portion of the state. By now, many on Cape Cod are familiar with the Massachusetts Estuaries Project, if only for the daily limits on nitrogen flowing into water bodies that scientists determined were needed to restore them to a healthy ecosystem for fishing, swimming and marine life. Full Article

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