Algae Blooms Plague Pond in Halifax, MA

This aerial photograph of East and West Monponsett ponds was taken by Halifax Police Chief Ted Broderick
This aerial photograph of East and West Monponsett ponds was taken by Halifax Police Chief Ted Broderick

ecoRI.org: The town of Halifax, Massachusetts’s 2 popular aquatic attractions are separated by Route 58. This asphalt divide, however, isn’t the only thing that separates East and West Monponsett ponds.

For the past decade, blue-green algae blooms in West Monponsett Pond have put an early end to summer fun and rendered a new boat ramp mostly useless. Shoreline residents are routinely cautioned about using the pond to the west of Route 58, because of the harmful health effects linked to cyanobacteria. They’re advised to do their swimming and water skiing across the street.

The Fire Department, especially in the summer, routinely receives calls about gas odors, but the stink is inevitably traced to the algae, according Cathy Drinan, the local health agent.

Odor, however, is only part of the problem. Significant levels of pollutants have resulted in algal blooms that have closed beaches and caused fish kills.

Read more about the nitrogen-fueled algae problems in West Monponsett Pond in Halifax, MA.