RI Ponds See Potentially Toxic Algae Bloom

Blue-Green Algae, Cyanophyta, photo/ upenn.edu

EastBayRI.com: Two local ponds [in eastern Rhode Island] are among those on an “unsafe-to-touch” list thanks to blue-green algae blooms, the state Department of Health has announced.

St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth and Watson Pond in Little Compton, both of which are reservoirs, have seen blooms of the algae which can be toxic to people and pets. The other waterways on this list are all in Middletown. Treated tap water originating from these reservoirs is safe to touch and consume.

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