Beach Status

View Current Water Quality & Beach Status Report for Town of Barnstable  HERE

Update September 10, 2021

Lovell’s Pond is now classified as “high tier” by the APCC due to the presence of

scums and pockets of cyanobacteria bloom material. This pond will be posted with ‘Warning- Toxic Cyanobacteria’ signage.

Update August 26, 2021

Cotuit Bay Shores Beach passed its test and is now open for swimming. 


UPDATE: August 25, 2021

Cotuit Bay Shores Beach must remain closed to swimming.  It was retested today and it continues to exceed the marine geomean threshold for Enterococcus bacteria.  This beach does not meet the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.00 and must remain closed.  This beach will be re-tested and we will receive the results late tomorrow afternoon.

Lovell’s Pond was found to have reduced levels of Microcystin.  APCC moved the status of this pond to the “moderate warning tier.”  Existing warning signage will be removed and will be replaced with a pet advisory signage.


UPDATE: August 24, 2021

Cotuit Bay Shores Beach is closed to swimming due to high bacterial counts.   This beach does not meet the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.00 and must be closed.  This beach will be re-tested tomorrow.


Attention Swimmers


Cotuit Loop Beach

Effective August 17, 2021 – Lifeguards end duty at Loop Beach

Effective Saturday August 21, 2021 – Staff ends duty, bath house closed for the season.

Portable rest room will remain on site through Labor Day.

July 22, 2021

Ropes Beach is re-open for swimming. The beach water was re-sampled and analyzed at the County Laboratory today. The results meet the standards set by Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations.

July 20, 2021

ATTENTION:

Ropes Beach in Cotuit is closed to swimming due to an exceedance of the geomean standard for Enterococci bacteria discovered by the County laboratory late yesterday afternoon.   This exceedance does not meet the standards contained within Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000.  Ropes beach was posted with no swimming signs late yesterday as required.

A second sample will be obtained for analysis at the laboratory on Thursday, July 22, 2021

This beach will be required to remain closed for several days or longer depending upon future testing results.

Town wide Beach Locations & Contact Information HERE

July 7, 2021

Loop Beach is now re-opened to swimming. Enterococci levels have reduced.

Lovell’s Pond remains closed to swimming due to high levels of Cyanobacteria.

July 4, 5 & 6, 2021

Because of the holiday the beach was not tested on Sunday and Monday so Loop Beach remains closed for swimming due to high bacterial levels discovered in four samples taken during four consecutive days.   Bacterial levels exceeded the geometric standard established within the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000 .   This beach will be retested Tuesday.


July 3, 2021

Loop Beach remains closed for swimming today due to high bacterial levels discovered in four samples taken during four consecutive days.   Bacterial levels exceeded the geometric standard established within the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000 .   This beach will continue to be retested regularly.

July 1, 2021

Loop Beach remains closed for swimming  today due  to high bacterial levels discovered in three samples taken during three consecutive days.   Bacterial levels exceeded the geometric standard established within the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000 .   This beach will continue to be retested regularly.

  • Also today, Long Pond Centerville was found to have a high MC (Mycrocystis) level of  in one sample and a mixed genus concentration (with no single genus of cyanobacteria found to be dominant) in a second sample taken from a second location at this same Pond.   ‘Warning Toxic Cyanobacteria’ signs are being posted at this pond. 

Other information:

Lovell’s Pond remains closed for swimming due to high levels of Cyanobacteria.

CLOSED  No Swimming

Lovell’s Pond, Marstons Mills

  • Moderate health risks for adults
  • Higher risk for babies and small children
  • Highest risks for pets 

Warning Level

Long Pond, Centerville

Long Pond, Marstons Mills

Pet Advisory Level

Bearse Pond

Shubael’s Pond

Parker’s Pond

Update : June 30, 2021

Loop Beach is closed for swimming due to high bacterial levels discovered in two samples taken during the past two consecutive days.   Bacterial levels exceeded the geometric standard established within the Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000 .

This beach will be retested tomorrow.

Lovell’s  Pond remains closed for swimming due to high levels of Cyanobacteria.

Update: June 25, 2021 Cyanobacteria information:

CLOSED No Swimming

Lovell’s Pond, Marstons Mills

• Moderate health risks for adults
• Higher risk for babies and small children • Highest risks for pets

Update 6/16/21 Received from Amber Unruh

The Town of Barnstable will be contracting with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod to conduct routine monitoring and reporting of cyanobacteria in Barnstable’s Lakes and Ponds.  This sampling will begin soon. If you are interested in receiving an email notification, when a potentially toxic bloom is identified by APCC, you must opt-in to the APCC toxic alerts.

In order to receive email notification for toxic alerts, click this link:  https://apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/cyanobacteria-alert/  This link will bring you to a webpage where you must enter your email in order to receive toxic alerts.

You can also check out the cyanoMAP at https://apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/ to see the recent cyanobacteria monitoring results from APCC.

Update 5/7/21 Received from Karen Malkus-Benjamin

To all recipients of the cyanobacteria alert e-mails:
The Town of Barnstable has created a new water quality page on the town’s website:
https://barnstablewaterresources.com/ The cyanobacteria e-mail alerts have been discontinued.
Also, due to staff changes, I will no longer be managing the cyanobacteria monitoring program for the Health Division. So this will be the final e-mail from me.
If you need general information about Cyanobacteria please check out the following web sites:
CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/habs/index.html
EPA
https://www.epa.gov/cyanohabs
MADPH
https://www.mass.gov/guides/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs-water

For local health questions call the Health Division 508-862-4644
For pond and lake question contact the DPW’s  Amber Unruh
Amber.Unruh@town.barnstable.ma.us 

View Current Water Quality & Beach Status Report for Town of Barnstable  HERE

The Town of Barnstable shares data with Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), which is updated for Barnstable on Thursday afternoons.

To check if your pond has been sampled and its current status please check the APCC Cyanomap HERE

Also, please remember the CDC guidance: “When in doubt it is best to stay out!” View CDC Site HERE

Cyanobacteria FAQ HERE