• Vermont July 20, 2022 8:04 pm

    Bacteria Closes Beaches on Lake Champlain

    Cyanobacteria, sometimes called blue green algae, can be toxic — and cause symptoms like rashes, diarrhea, or vomiting, which tend to be most dangerous for pets and children.

  • Vermont July 20, 2022 8:09 pm

    Bacteria Closes Several Vermont Beaches As Temperatures Soar

    Beach-goers in Vermont’s largest city were disappointed to learn they couldn’t go for a swim Wednesday — even as temperatures soared into the 90s, leaving them wishing they could go for a dip to cool off. Several beaches, including Burlington’s largest and busiest — North Beach — were closed due to cyanobacteria blooms. “It sucks,” said Frederic Deneault, who was…

  • cyanobacteria July 20, 2022 12:58 pm

    Blue-Green Algae Shuts Down Worcester Lake Until Further Notice

    City officials announced Wednesday morning that Coes Reservoir has been closed, which includes Binienda Beach, also known as Coes Pond Beach, until further notice. People should stay out of the water, avoid boat use and fishing and keep pets out of the water.

  • indian lake September 12, 2021 6:43 pm

    Massachusetts Lake Closed Due to High Levels of Bacteria

    A lake in central Massachusetts was closed to the public Sunday due to high bacterial counts. Worcester officials said persons and pets will be prohibited from swimming, boating and fishing in Indian Lake, including Shore Park Beach, effective immediately. The city’s Department of Inspectional Services said testing results from Saturday showed levels of cyanobacteria that were above recreational thresholds....

  • Science August 2, 2021 11:46 am

    New Theory: Earth's Longer Days Kick-Started Oxygen Growth

    A study published Monday proposes and puts to the test the theory that longer, continuous daylight kick-started weird bacteria into producing lots of oxygen, making most of life as we know it possible.

  • Boston July 30, 2021 9:06 pm

    Jamaica Pond Closed Due to Cyanobacteria

    A popular pond in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is closed to water activities due to the suspected presence of cyanobacteria. The Boston Public Health Commission announced Friday evening that Jamaica Pond appeared to be experiencing a harmful algae bloom. “These blooms may produce toxins that can make people and pets sick,” the commission said in a statement. “Park visitors...

  • Vermont July 22, 2021 6:03 pm

    Following Beach Closures, Vt. Health Officials Urge Awareness of Cyanobacteria

    Swimmers in Vermont’s largest city were crestfallen Thursday after a natural, but possibly dangerous, substance was spotted near the shore of Lake Champlain — closing a busy beach for the day. Health and environmental experts are now urging people in Burlington and beyond to read up on cyanobacteria. “We’re definitely disappointed,” said Tessa Santarpia of Buffalo, New York, who...

  • Vermont July 22, 2021 6:22 pm

    Vermont Health Officials Urge Awareness of Cyanobacteria

    A potentially harmful bacteria closed Burlington’s busiest beach to swimmers Thursday.

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