Residents warned to avoid Cranston reservoir due to algae bloom

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health officials say residents should avoid recreational activities at a reservoir where an algae bloom has formed.

The state Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management announced a health advisory for J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston because of a blue-green algae bloom.

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

Officials say the recreational advisory will likely remain in effect through the end of the year.

Common side effects from contact with algae blooms are skin rashes and irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat.

J.L. Curran Reservoir is also known as Spring Lake Reservoir #2.

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