On Friday August 5, 2022, a Cyanobacteria Advisory was posted by the Brewster Health Department due to a visible algal bloom indicative of elevated levels of cyanobacteria. The decision was made in conjunction with a recommendation by the MA Department of Public Health. The posting is at the Grist Mill location and Lower Mill Pond dam.
As an additional precautionary measure, a second posting was erected at the Lower Mill Pond Drive association kayak launch area. This was done in a collaborative manner to advise the public by the Brewster Ponds Coalition and the local Beach Association.
Out of an abundance of caution and until further notice, people and pets should avoid contact with the pond water in those areas and any other areas with a visible algal mat or bloom. Do not ingest or get pond water in your mouth.
Additional testing is scheduled over the next two weeks. The Town of Brewster and the Brewster Ponds Association will continue to monitor our freshwater ponds in Brewster to provide timely notification to our residents of potentially harmful algal blooms.
The Town and the BPC will report back when the pond is to be reopened.
Call your doctor or veterinarian if you or your animals have a sudden or unexplained sickness or signs of poisoning.
If you have any questions please contact:
Marty Burke - email@example.com
For additional information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water or Cyanobacteria Monitoring on Cape Cod - Barnstable County (wpengine.com) or The Brewster Ponds Coalition www.brewsterponds.org.