Public Health Warnings Have Been Issued For These 15 Rhode Island Water Bodies

Rhode Island is known for its incredible coastal beaches, but we also have amazing freshwater ponds and lakes. Now that we are into the truly hot days of summer, the algae have started to bloom and this means that certain spots are off limits. A blue-green algae warning has been issued by the Rhode Island Department of Public Health and there are 15 bodies of water you need to steer clear of until the conditions improve.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

There are plenty of other bodies of water for recreation that doesn’t have a blue-green algae warning, so put your health first and pick another water playground for your summer recreation. In addition, if you happen to see anything like this in a different body of water, contact DEM’s Office of Water Resources at 222-4700 or [email protected] and if possible, send a photo of the algae bloom. If you were planning a day at one of these spots, don’t worry, there are plenty of other summertime activities to keep you busy.