The Easthampton Health Department sent photographs of both Nashawannuck Pond and Lower Mill 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 recr...eational waterbodies 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 both locations as soon as possible.
Please review the attached press release for more information.
For more information abuot cyanobacteria, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water
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