Algae blooms prompt advisories in 2 water bodies

By Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island health officials say residents should avoid recreational activities at a pond and reservoir where algae blooms have formed.

The state Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management on Friday announced health advisories for J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston and Melville Pond in Portsmouth because of blue-green algae blooms.

Officials say residents should avoid recreational activities _ such as boating, swimming and fishing in both locations. People should also not allow their pets to swim in the water or drink it.

Common side effects from contact with algae blooms are skin rashes and irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat. Blooms can produce naturally-occurring algal toxins. J.L. Curran Reservoir is also known as Spring Lake Reservoir (hash) 2.

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