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Cape Cod Times: State, federal agencies confirm drought on Cape Cod

HYANNIS — Add drought to COVID-19, sharks and a faltering economy on the list of daunting issues affecting Cape Cod this summer. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declared the Cape to be under Level 1 mild drought conditions last month. A Level 1 drought condition is declared when rainfall has been below normal for between one and two months, river and stream flows decline, fire danger is elevated and gardens begin to wilt.

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The Provincetown Independent: Blue-green Algae Blooms Again, but Only Up Cape So Far

With summer well underway, higher temperatures coupled with nutrient overload in kettle ponds and lakes brings the dangerous return of cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. As of Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) reported 10 of the ponds it monitors as having “high” levels of cyanobacteria and two water sources with “moderate” levels. None of those were on the Outer Cape.

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Boston Globe: As temperatures rise, a ‘nightmare’ of toxic algae plagues the hidden gems of Cape Cod

BARNSTABLE — Fifteen years ago, when Sandra Bolton and her husband bought their three-bedroom Cape overlooking the serene waters of Shubael Pond, their view was like “heaven on Earth,” she said. Few summer days passed when they didn’t take a dip.

But in recent years they began to notice a guacamole-colored scum marring the previously clear waters. Last summer, just as temperatures were increasing and the pond beckoned, local officials banned swimming there after finding toxic algae blooms that can be harmful if ingested, inhaled, or touched.

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Wicked Local: APCC: Beware ‘cyano’ blooms in Cape ponds

It has been a busy season so far for APCC’s Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program.

With pond temperatures rising quickly in the transition from spring to summer, Association to Preserve Cape Cod this week confirmed the emergence of toxic cyanobacteria scums in five ponds across the Cape: Walkers and Cliff ponds in Brewster, Mares and Deep ponds in Falmouth, and Long Pond in Marstons Mills.

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Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod ponds test positive for toxic bacteria

2 ponds in Barnstable closed to swimming as testing continues. Recent testing of approximately 70 of the Cape’s 996 ponds and lakes revealed the presence of toxic bacteria in a handful of them. These cyanobacteria are naturally occurring and produce toxins that can harm dogs and humans. Their proliferation is being aided by global warming and nutrient pollution by septic systems and stormwater runoff. Full Article

WCAI: Toxic Blue-Green Algae Blooms Spread in Cape Ponds

In five ponds across the Cape, high concentrations of blue-green algae blooms are raising concerns about dangerous levels of toxins they produce. Blue-green algae blooms, also known as cyanobacteria scums, can make the water of a pond look like pea soup, though usually the growths are natural and harmless parts of ecosystems.  Full Article

The Cape Cod Chronicle: Conservation Law Foundation, Wychmere Beach Club Reach Settlement

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation and the Wychmere Beach Club have agreed to a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed by CLF alleging that the resort was illegally discharging pollution into marine waters. The settlement would result in reduced pollution, new efforts to address nitrogen sources and protect the Wychmere Harbor Watershed, according to a press release from CLF. Full Article

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