Pembroke’s Oldham Pond closed because of high blue-green algae – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

PEMBROKE – Pembroke’s Oldham Pond was empty on yesterday’s 86-degree day.

The pond was closed because of elevated levels of blue-green algae, according to Mike Celona, the chief of the water toxics unit at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He said that the pond should be avoided until further notice.

Direct contact with algae can cause skin and eye irritation, and ingesting or inhaling small amounts can likely cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Animals, especially dogs, can get ill from drinking water with algae or licking it off their body. The danger of harmful algae and their toxins varies based on exposure.

Celona said that blue-green algae is found in all water bodies. Factors like warm weather and sunlight can cause the algae to grow faster.

There is no cleanup process for excess blue-green algae. The bloom will go away naturally over time. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health could not estimate when the pond would be reopened.

Zane Razzaq may be reached at [email protected]

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