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WBUR: Cape Cod Water Quality In Decline, Report Says

The water quality on Cape Cod’s ponds and bays is bad and getting worse, according to the second annual State of the Waters report from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (AAPC), a regional environmental advocacy and education organization. While the report says that public drinking water is “excellent” overall, the percentage of surface water with “unacceptable” quality increased from last year.

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WCAI Special Reporting: Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms Imperil Region’s Ponds

See the following links for WCAI’s special coverage of Cape Cod’s Cyanobacteria outbreak.

Part One:

‘I Felt Like I Was Poisoned’; Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms Imperil Region’s Ponds
In early August, carpenter Michael Forgione told his mother that he was heading out to go crabbing in the brackish waters of Chilmark Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. Carol Forgione, a 72-year-old nurse practitioner, wished him a good catch…

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Ecologist Kevin Johnson collects water samples in Santuit Pond in MashpeeHealth Officials Struggle to Confront Toxic Algae Blooms
On a rainy Monday morning in Mashpee, ecologist Kevin Johnson balances on one foot while trying to pull on a pair of waders. “I’ll wade out … around knee- to waist-deep and take my sample there,” he said…

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Karen Malkus works at her lab bench in Barnstable Town offices.What Will it Take to Rid the Region’s Ponds of Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms?
Biologist Karen Malkus’s laboratory in the Barnstable Town Offices features a marble vanity with a mirror framed by light bulbs. “It used to be …  the ladies’ room, which is now converted into the lab,” she said recently…

Additional Coverage

Reporter’s Notebook: Toxic Algae Blooms and What to Do About Them
As CAI reported this week, algal blooms in local ponds can be dangerous to humans and animals. They are also a sign of a bigger problem; pollution from human sources like septic systems and more recently, the effects of climate change…

‘How Do I Know if My Local Pond Has a Cyanobacteria Bloom?’ And 11 More Frequently Asked Questions
What does a cyanobacteria bloom look like? Are there other signs that my pond has a toxic bloom? Is there anything I can do to determine whether there’s cyanobacteria in my local pond or just an overabundance of more beneficial types of planktonic algae? I think the algae I see matches the description of cyanobacteria. Who do I call? …

The Mashpee Enterprise: APCC: Conditions Worsen For Cape Cod’s Saltwater Embayments, Freshwater Ponds

Nutrient pollution has long degraded Cape Cod’s bays and estuaries, but data analyzed by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod suggests the Cape’s freshwater ponds also might be nearing a state of crisis.

In the second annual “State of the Waters” report released on Monday, October 26, the APCC, an environmental nonprofit group, determined that 38 of 48 saltwater embayments had “unacceptable” water quality—an increase from last year’s numbers.

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WCAI: ‘I Felt Like I Was Poisoned’; Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms Imperil Region’s Ponds

In early August, carpenter Michael Forgione told his mother that he was heading out to go crabbing in the brackish waters of Chilmark Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. Carol Forgione, a 72-year-old nurse practitioner, wished him a good catch. “This is the pond,” she said on a recent visit. “This is the entrance that he went into. And then the public entrance is just down the road.”

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Cape Cod Times: Environmental groups blast National Guard’s firing range plan

JOINT BASE CAPE COD — Residents and environmental groups are calling on the Massachusetts National Guard to abandon its proposal for an eight-lane machine gun range at Camp Edwards, or to at least slow down the process so the public can get more information and offer further input. The comment period on the Guard’s environmental assessment of the proposed machine gun range and its draft finding of no significant impact ended Sept. 8.

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Cape Cod Times: Barnstable, Willowbend Country Club face potential lawsuits

BOSTON — The Conservation Law Foundation is once again looking to the federal courts to protect Cape Cod waters from toxic nitrogen pollution. The environmental advocacy organization says it intends to sue the town of Barnstable and Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee for violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging and adding pollutants into Lewis Bay and Popponesset Bay.

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