We love our ponds, rivers, and coastal waters to enjoy our favorite water sports like swimming, fishing, and kayaking — especially during these challenging times. However, many ponds on Cape Cod experienced an emerald green film shining on the surface — a toxic algal bloom called cyanobacteria — which prompted town health officials to close ponds to protect us and our pets.
Click HERE to learn more about how a neighborhood in Orleans took action to to improve water quality in their pond.
Click HERE to learn more about how a neighborhood in Mashpee took action to to improve water quality in their pond.
Learn about cyanobacteria from Karen Malkus-Benjamin, Coastal Health Resource Coordinator for the Town of Barnstable Health Division. Karen discusses the reasons why these toxic blooms have become more prevalent in local ponds over the last few years.