Edgartown Great Pond Sees Large Algal Bloom

MVTimes: A large algal bloom has spread along a portion of the Edgartown Great Pond [on Martha’s Vineyard], and it’s causing concern among local scientists, according to a report from the Edgartown Great Pond Foundation.

An algal bloom is a rapid increase of algae in freshwater and saltwater that comes to dominate an ecosystem. An algal bloom is dangerous because when the large biomass of algae dies, it sinks and blankets the bottom of the pond, where it is then broken down by bacteria. Those bacteria take oxygen out of the pond estuary that other organisms need to survive, according to water-quality information on the foundation’s website.

 

Read more about the large algal bloom on Edgartown’s Great Pond.