Halifax: West Monponsett Pond algae treatment begins

The Town of Halifax appropriated money several years ago to reduce algae in West Monponsett Pond but the state has finally given them the green light to begin treatment.

“What we are going to try and do is to reduce the amount of nutrients that are available in the pond by lining the phosphorous that’s in the pond, one of the nutrients, with a chemical called aluminum sulfate. By binding the phosphorous, reducing the amount of nutrients, we’re hoping to reduce the algae growth this coming summer,” said Town Administrator Charlie Seelig

Treatment will start Tuesday and end Thursday. Boaters are discouraged from using the pond over those three days.

“We’re doing various parts of the pond each day and we’re trying to make sure that the chemicals that were dispersed stay in those general areas to reduce the phosphorous in each area — boating will disturb that,” explained Seelig

Seelig said large amounts of algae have been extremely detrimental to the water quality of West Monponsett Pond and hopes treatment will lead to improvements.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.