Hudson/Marlborough – The Hudson Board of Health has released an update on the cyanobacteria bloom at Fort Meadow Reservoir:
A water sample was collected by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) at Centennial Beach in Hudson and Memorial Beach in Marlborough on Tuesday, August 12th. Laboratory analysis showed cyanobacteria levels of 62,000 cells/ml and 30,000 cells/ml, respectively, both below the MDPH guideline level of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin toxin was not detected.
According to MDPH guidelines, samples collected a week apart with levels below the guidelines are required before the advisory should be lifted. The results above will be considered the first low samples, and MDPH will sample again on Tuesday, August 19th. At this point, both Centennial (Hudson) and Memorial (Marlborough) Beaches are remained closed to swimming and bathing.? People and pets should continue to avoid contact in areas of algae concentration – even on shore.? Do not swallow water and be sure to rinse off after contact.
This bloom is not affecting public water supply.
For more information, please contact MDPH at (617) 624-5757 or Hudson Board of Health at (978) 562-2020 during normal business hours.