Residents urged to avoid Blackamore Pond in Cranston because of blue-green algae bloom

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island officials say a blue-green algae bloom has been found in a Cranston pond and the water should be avoided.

The Rhode Island departments of Health and environmental management said Thursday people should avoid recreational activities like swimming, boating and fishing in Blackamore Pond. They also should not ingest the water or let their pets drink it or swim in it.

Touching the algal toxins can cause skin rashes and irritation of the nose, eyes or throat. Ingesting the water can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

The advisory will likely remain in effect through the end of the year.

Other water bodies may also be affected. Residents should look for "mats" on the water's surface that resemble green paint, thick pea soup or green cottage cheese.

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