PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island health and environmental officials have lifted advisories relating to potentially harmful algae blooms in several water bodies.
The state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday the advisories are no longer in effect for J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston, Melville Pond in Portsmouth, and Mashapaug Pond and the ponds at Roger Williams Park in Providence.
The departments put the advisories in place over the summer and urged people to avoid recreational activities including swimming, boating and fishing.
Officials say cooler temperatures and shorter periods of daylight create conditions that are not favorable to algae growth. But they warned that blooms could still exist in some freshwater lakes and ponds throughout the state.
The algae can form toxins that can skin rashes, nausea and other problems.