New Streamgage Installed on the Santuit River, Barnstable, MA

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A new streamgage was installed on the Santuit River at Old Kings Road in the Town of Barnstable, MA in 2020 to monitor the discharge of the river.

Streamgage 0110588340 on the Santuit River at Old Kings Road, Barnstable MA

Streamgage 0110588340 on the Santuit River at Old Kings Road, Barnstable. Public domain.)

The Santuit River is an important natural resource for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the towns of Mashpee and Barnstable on Cape Cod. The river's source is Santuit Pond, which is a eutrophic kettle pond subject to frequent algal blooms that affect the downstream water quality of the river. On several recent occasions, severe blooms have turned the river emerald green. The Santuit River is one of 12 Cape Cod streams being monitored by the USGS New England Water Science Center and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 for water-quality degradation caused by wastewater disposal to groundwater from septic systems.

 

 

 

Santuit Pond at the outlet to the Santuit River

Santuit Pond at the outlet to the Santuit River. (Credit: Denis LeBlanc, U.S. Geological Survey. Public domain.)