Vineyard Ponds Face Pollution Woes
August 30, 2012
MV Gazette: A pair of quahauggers stood waist-deep in Sengekontacket Pond early Thursday morning, the late-August sun glinting off the calm water as they raked hardshell clams, perhaps a basketful for their dinner. The pond has been open to summer shellfishing this year for the first time since 2007.
But when heavy rainfall comes, as it did 3 weeks ago, the pond will close again to shellfishing, although temporarily. The rainfall washes bacterial contaminants into the pond that come from road runoff in a variety of forms—including fecal material from dogs, birds, and other wildlife.
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