Take action to improve our pond!
Long Pond's cyanobacteria problem is primarily caused by the ongoing flow of phosphorus from septic systems located in the pond's watershed (homes north and west of the pond.)
Here are steps you can take to reduce the negative impact of your septic system on Long Pond:
- Don't flush chemicals or medicines down the toilet. Bring hazardous waste to the Barnstable Transfer Station on collection days (8/27 or 9/24/22.)
- Use phosphate-free household cleaning products.
- Don't use a garbage disposal. Throw out or compost food waste.
- Have your septic system inspected and pumped every 2-3 years (scroll down for information on discounted services.)
- Consider installing a phosphorus-reducing alternative septic system www.masstc.org/project/the-phosphorus-project
- When installing a new septic system or upgrading an existing one, ensure that the drain field is as far as possible from the pond.
More information: www.epa.gov/septic/septic-system-improvements-protect-nearby-water-sources
We appreciate our members!
Thank you to the following donors for the 7/21-6/22 fiscal year:
Abelman, David & Marilyn
Amara, Blair & Sam
Duffy, Joseph & Colleen
Finn, John & Marilyn
A special thank you to the Cape Cod 5 Foundation
for their generous donation!
We have negotiated a discount on septic services with Debarros Septic Services, located on Flint St. in Marstons Mills. You are eligible for this discount If you live within the following area which impacts our ponds: South border by Wakeby between Long Pond Rd. and Santuit Newtown Rd., East border from Santuit Newtown Rd. to Asa Meigs Rd., North border from Asa Meigs Rd to Meiggs Backus Rd. to Long Pond Rd., and West border from Long Pond Rd. to Lake Shore Dr. to Doves Ln. to Mockingbird Ln. to Long Pond Rd. to Wakeby. To take advantage of this discount, call Debarros at (508) 428-1087 and tell them that you would like the Friends of Long Pond Marstons Mills discount. When they come out to pump, Debarros will evaluate how often your tank should be pumped, based on the number of people who live in your house and what % of the year it’s occupied. They will send you a reminder the next time a pumping is due. If you would like to continue to receive the discounted rate, you will need to schedule your appointment at that time.
Additional steps you can take: plant a rain garden (see below.)