Residents warned to avoid recreational activities in several Rhode Island water bodies

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Health and environmental officials are warning residents that toxic blue-green algae blooms have formed in several water bodies in Rhode Island.

The state health and environmental management departments said Wednesday that blooms have been detected in Spectacle Pond in Cranston and Turner Reservoir, Central Pond, Lower Ten Mile River and Omega Pond in East Providence.

People are urged to avoid recreational activities like swimming, boating and fishing. They should also avoid ingesting water from the affected water bodies. Pets should not drink the water or swim in it either.

The recreational advisory is expected to remain in effect through year's end.

Officials said algae blooms may be affecting other areas of Rhode Island.

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