In Jamaica Plain, Jamaica Pond Closes For Algae Bloom

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A popular pond in Jamaica Plain is closed Sunday after an algae blooms rendered the water unswimmable. The blue-green algae first shuttered Jamaica pond starting on Friday.

The Boston Public Health Commission said activities like swimming, fishing, and boating were all off limits, as well as letting pets in the water. The bloom is highly toxic to both humans and animals through ingestion, but also through skin contact.

Blue-green algae is turning the Jamaica Pond a dull green, and can look like pea soup or paint in other places. The bloom is one of more than 20 in lakes and ponds across Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio talked to a few residents who were still enjoying the pond even with the restrictions, and a few that were breaking them by doing things like fishing and sailing.

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