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.
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.
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