Algae Blooms Close Multiple Mass. Lakes, Ponds To Swimming

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Framingham is one of the latest to close one of their ponds to swimming after a cyanobacterial bloom was discovered in the waters of Learned Pond.

It's a growing trend in over a dozen Commonwealth communities, as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issues advisories for the following towns and cities:

  • Hills Pond (Menotomy Rocks Park), Arlington
  • Hinckley Pond, Barnstable
  • Turtle Pond (Stony Brook Reservation), Boston
  • Lower Mill Pond, Brewster
  • Schoolhouse Pond, Brewster
  • Rubber Thread Pond, Easthampton
  • Flume Pond, Falmouth
  • Learned Pond, Framingham
  • Lake Holbrook, Holbrook
  • Pillings Pond, Lynnfield
  • Santuit Pond, Mashpee
  • Fisk Pond, Natick
  • Lake Cochituate – Middle Pond, Natick
  • Lake Cochituate – South Pond, Natick
  • Whiting’s Pond, North Attleboro
  • Clear Pond, Plymouth
  • Scokes Pond, Plymouth
  • Dean Park Pond, Shrewsbury
  • Long Pond, Tewksbury

According to state officials, algal blooms can be harmful to people and pets and occurs naturally in fresh bodies of water. Officials say cyanobacteria can be spotted by its blue or green color though it can sometimes appear brown or red. Highly concentrated areas of the bacteria can form cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms which could produce toxins that have been known to case harm to humans.

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These blooms can last up from several days to several months, officials say.

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