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Cyanobacteria Mitigation Project
Cyanobacteria Mitigation Project

Sat, Apr 20



Cyanobacteria Mitigation Project

Time & Location

Apr 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hadley, 27 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035, USA

About the event

We're looking for volunteers to help us pack bales of barley straw that will then be added to local ponds to prevent cyanobacteria blooming!

Harmful algae blooms (HAB) such as toxic cyanobacteria blooms are increasing dramatically worldwide, including in the Connecticut River Watershed, due to pollution, chemical saturations in bodies of water such as ponds and lakes, and rising temperatures. HABs are toxic to animals (including fish, birds, livestock, humans, and dogs) and are disruptive of healthy ecosystems.

Barley straw is proven to be effective as an algistat against algae blooms by reacting to the water. A group of partners in Western Massachusetts who are concerned about HABs came together to introduce barley straw to local ponds. In order for barley straw to be effective against algae blooms, straw bales need to be installed in the ponds in the spring, where they remain until the fall.

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