September 20th test results:
LPFA Beach retains Town's "Closure" status;
To protect yourself and pets:
- Do not drink pond water.
- Do not swim.
- Keep pets and livestock away.
- Avoid areas with scum while boating and do not eat fish.
Please help our pond by having your septic system pumped
every 2-3 years. Click HERE to access a discount with
DeBarros Septic Services.
Current goals and objectives:
I. CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THE CAUSES OF AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO CYANO-BACTERIA OVERGROWTH IN LONG POND.
A. By March 2021, work with the Town of Barnstable to provide Long Pond neighbors with additional educational information about how to reduce inputs into the pond.
B. Continue to gather pond data by hiring the Association to Preserve Cape Cod to conduct pond testing during the summer of 2021. (COMPLETED)
C. By fall 2021, create a list of the most the promising and affordable short term solutions to reduce Long Pond’s cyanobacteria overgrowth during Summer 2022.
(COMPLETED; A-Pod, by P-Pod Technologies)
D. Continue to work with the Town of Barnstable to investigate promising long term treatments for our town’s ponds and lakes. (Ongoing)
We encourage homeowners around the pond and in its watershed area (to the northwest) to reduce inputs into the pond.
Click on red links to see how we can help you.
II: ADVOCATE FOR REMEDIATION OF LONG POND'S CYANOBACTERIA PROBLEM.
A. Monitor the Town of Barnstable’s storm drain remediation work* to ensure its completion. (COMPLETED)
B. Monitor the execution of the 2021 Pond Study requisitioned by the Town of Barnstable**, and advocate for the release of data ASAP. (Study to be completed this fall, results availabe in spring 2022)
* The Town of Barnstable included in its fiscal year 2021 Capital Improvement Budget, $300,000 in funding for "Stormwater Improvements at Impaired Ponds Project". This funding was used to replace 4 catch basins which had been draining storm water directly into our pond, and install a fifth (new) drainage system at the low area near the driveway to the Long Pond Farms Association beach.
** The Town of Barnstable requisitioned a comprehensive study of Long Pond during 2021-22 (currently underway.) The result will be a management plan to address our cyanobacteria problem.
Click here to read about 2021 Pond Study
Click here to see Town Pond Improvement Plan
III: AS A BOARD AND OVERALL COMMUNITY, TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE LONG POND'S WATER QUALITY.
A. If safe & effective short term solution is identified, by fall 2021, begin to work with Town officials to gain town, county and state approval for that solution, to be implemented during Spring/Summer 2022. (As of 9/21, talks are in process with Town and vendor.)
B. By fall 2021, create a fund raising plan for Long Pond’s 2022 solution.
C. By 2021 year end, apply for grants to fund Long Pond’s 2022 solution.
D. Encourage pond front neighbors to take responsibility for maintenance of their shoreline, and hold event in 2021 to engage our pond community in efforts to reduce inputs into Long Pond and protect our pond.