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Warwick Pond Blue-Green Algae Warning Lifted

RIDEM has lifted a ban on contact with and fishing from Warwick Pond.

WARWICK, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) & Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recommend lifting blue-green algae advisories at several area water bodies, including Warwick Pond.

Warwick Pond was among several RI bodies of water the state warned people to avoid contact with this fall.

The agencies are also lifting the advisories at Mashapaug Pond in Providence, Wenscott Reservoir in North Providence, and Flat River Reservoir (Johnson’s Pond) in Coventry. The recreational advisories were related to high levels of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria.

Surveys at the sites found no evidence of a cyanobacteria bloom and no measurable toxins, meeting criteria to lift the advisory.

Blue-green algae are generally less active as seasonal changes reduce light and temperature in the winter. However, the possibility of blooms and/or toxin persisting after the bloom is gone represent potential risks, even in iced-over conditions.

Regardless of season, the public is reminded to avoid contact with any body of water that is bright green or has a dense, floating scum. Blue-green algae blooms may look like green paint or thick pea soup.

For more information and a list of historical advisories, visit www.dem.ri.gov/bluegreen. Send reports of suspected blue-green algae blooms, along with photographs if possible, to DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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