RIPR News
4:56 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Swimmers warned of algae blooms

Providence, RI – A toxin in the water is stopping Rhode Islanders from swimming, boating or fishing in some bodies of water in East Providence.

An algae bloom in the Ten Mile River, Central Pond, Turner Reservoir and Omega Pond has released a toxin that can make humans sick and be fatal to animals.

The Department of Environmental Management's Elizabeth Scott says the toxin will dissipate with cooler temperatures and shorter days.

"This week's rainfall has reduced the toxin-producing algae, and over time we are expecting that the algal bloom will reduce as well," says Scott.

People should avoid contact with other lakes and ponds if they see dense algae blooms or bright green colored waters, Scott says.

Human exposure to the toxin can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and other symptoms.