Algae blooms contaminate 5 RI ponds

Providence,RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is warning residents to stay away from five urban ponds affected by toxic algae. DEM says Slater Memorial Park Pond in Pawtucket, Roger Williams and Mashapaug Pond in Providence, and Spectacle Pond and J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston are covered in blue-green algae blooms.

Contact with the contaminated water can cause skin rashes and throat irritation as well as stomach ache, vomiting, and nausea.

State officials says Rhode islanders should avoid boating or swimming in the ponds, and keep their pets away from the water. It's likely the naturally occurring contamination will last until the first frost. Toxins may remain in the water even after the algae appears to have disappeared.

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