September 6, 2017
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY – UPDATE ON MARTINS POND
Martins Pond reopened for recreational boating and fishing
The Town of North Reading Health Department per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines has tested twice and received two consecutive water samples seven (7) days apart that indicate levels of Cyanobacteria are below state guidelines of 70,000 cell/mL for recreational water bodies.
Please be advised that the quality of water in Martins Pond is not tested for compliance with the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code 105 CMR 445.000 “Minimum Standards for Bathing Beaches”. Neither the Town of North Reading nor the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health monitor or regularly test water quality in Martins Pond.
The following are important reminders about access to Martins Pond:
- Martins Pond is open for recreational boating and fishing.
- Swimming is prohibited at all Town-owned property, including the beach and dock at Clarke Park, the the launch ramp at Travelled Way, and the bridge on Burroughs Road.
- The public is advised that swimming at any other non-Town owned property on the Pond (including private property) and in the open water of the Pond is at your own risk.
Residents with additional questions and concerns can contact either Mr. Robert F. Bracey, Director of Public Health at the Town of North Reading Health Department 978-357-5242 or visit the Town Health Department web site at www.northreadingma.gov/health-department.