6/14/21: The Easthampton Health Department sent photographs of Rubber Thread Pond to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Toxicology Program for help in identifying a possible cyanobacteria algae bloom. After review, the MDPH Toxicology Program stated that the photos provided indicate the possible presence of cyanobacteria (algae) cells that may exceed the MDPH guidelines for recreational water bodies in Massachusetts. The MDPH recommends posting public advisories at all access points of the ponds to notify residents that water should be avoided.
The Health Department will post signage at the entrance to Rubber Thread Pond (located behind 50 Payson Ave. parking lot)
For more information about cyanobacteria, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water