Bad algae persists in some Newport County ponds

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PORTSMOUTH — The Rhode Island Department of Health has lifted the public health advisory issued earlier this summer regarding blue-green algae blooms in Easton Pond - North and Paradise Pond in Middletown, Easton Pond - South (Newport and Middletown), Sisson Pond and St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth, and Watson Pond in Little Compton.

But people and pets should continue to avoid contact with untreated waters affected by blue-green algae blooms in Bailey Brook in Middletown and Gardiner Pond in Newport. Treated tap water originating from Bailey Brook and Gardiner Pond is safe to touch and consume.

In addition, the state has issued a public health advisory for Almy Pond in Newport.  A public health advisory remains in effect for Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.

Recreational activities such as swimming, boating or fishing should be avoided at Bailey’s Brook, Gardiner Pond, Almy Pond, and Melville Ponds. People should not eat fish from these waters.

The algae alert has been lifted at Watson Reservoir, Little Compton. the potential to form toxins that can cause skin rashes and stomach problems.

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